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Pope Francis arrives in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, on June 22, 2022. The Pope has left Rome to begin his visit to Canada aimed at reconciliation with Indigenous people for the Catholic Church’s role in residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Andrew Medichini

Pope flies to Canada for ‘penitential trip’ aimed at Indigenous reconciliation

Catholic Church’s leader expected to make apology at the former Ermineskin Indian Residential School

Pope Francis arrives in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, on June 22, 2022. The Pope has left Rome to begin his visit to Canada aimed at reconciliation with Indigenous people for the Catholic Church’s role in residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Andrew Medichini
Inuit elder Peter Irniq is pictured in Edmonton on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. It won’t be easy for Irniq, a residential school survivor, to meet Pope Francis in Iqaluit next week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

‘Say it where it happened’: Inuit residential school survivor looks to papal apology

Many Inuit remain devout Catholics, but the church has a fraught relationship with Arctic people

Inuit elder Peter Irniq is pictured in Edmonton on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. It won’t be easy for Irniq, a residential school survivor, to meet Pope Francis in Iqaluit next week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
A leftover building still stands on the Alberni Indian Residential School site on Tseshaht First Nation territory near Port Alberni. The nation started a ground penetrating radar scan of the site on July 11, 2022 and expect work to continue for two weeks. (PHOTO COURTESY TSESHAHT FIRST NATION)

Ground radar probe underway at former B.C. residential school site

Tseshaht First Nation says work around old Alberni Indian Residential School will take about 2 weeks

A leftover building still stands on the Alberni Indian Residential School site on Tseshaht First Nation territory near Port Alberni. The nation started a ground penetrating radar scan of the site on July 11, 2022 and expect work to continue for two weeks. (PHOTO COURTESY TSESHAHT FIRST NATION)
Pope Francis arrives to attend his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. The Vatican has released the program for Pope Francis’ visit to Canada next month, which includes a visit to the site of a former residential school in Alberta with survivors of the institutions.(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

‘Miraculous event:’ Pope visiting former Alberta residential school site during visit

Pope Francis expected to deliver apology for Catholic Church’s role in residential schools

Pope Francis arrives to attend his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. The Vatican has released the program for Pope Francis’ visit to Canada next month, which includes a visit to the site of a former residential school in Alberta with survivors of the institutions.(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
A rainbow is seen in the distance behind the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after a day-long ceremony to mark the one-year anniversary of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc announcement of the detection of the remains of 215 children at an unmarked burial site at the former residential school, in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Residential school survivors reflect on National Indigenous Peoples Day

Diane Hill had just celebrated her seventh birthday when she first arrived…

A rainbow is seen in the distance behind the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after a day-long ceremony to mark the one-year anniversary of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc announcement of the detection of the remains of 215 children at an unmarked burial site at the former residential school, in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Youth from the Okanagan Nation took part in the Spirit of Syilx Unity Run along Highway 97, ending at the Penticton Indian Band’s monument for residential school survivors. (Shayla Allison photo)

Spirit of Syilx Unity Run makes its way to Penticton

The 3-day run from Kamloops residential school is to honour the children and for suicide prevention

Youth from the Okanagan Nation took part in the Spirit of Syilx Unity Run along Highway 97, ending at the Penticton Indian Band’s monument for residential school survivors. (Shayla Allison photo)
A rainbow is seen above the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after a day-long ceremony to mark the one-year anniversary of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc announcement that 215 suspected unmarked graves had been detected at the former residential school, in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Order of nuns that staffed B.C.’s residential schools to pass records to museum

Sisters of Saint Ann will transfer archives to Royal B.C. Museum

A rainbow is seen above the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after a day-long ceremony to mark the one-year anniversary of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc announcement that 215 suspected unmarked graves had been detected at the former residential school, in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Spirit of Syilx Unity Run

From Kamloops to Penticton: three-day run between residential schools

Raising awareness about violence and suicide in Okanagan Nation Alliance

Spirit of Syilx Unity Run
Assembly of First Nations former chief Phil Fontaine, center, stands outside St. Peter’s Square at the end of a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Thursday, March 31, 2022. Residential school survivors met with Roman Catholic bishops today to discuss what they expect from Pope Francis’ visit to Canada next month.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Andrew Medichini

Residential school survivors tell bishops their expectations of Pope Francis’s visit

Group of residential school survivors wants the papal visit expanded to more locations

Assembly of First Nations former chief Phil Fontaine, center, stands outside St. Peter’s Square at the end of a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Thursday, March 31, 2022. Residential school survivors met with Roman Catholic bishops today to discuss what they expect from Pope Francis’ visit to Canada next month.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Andrew Medichini
The former Kamloops Indian Residential School is seen in Kamloops, B.C., on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Trudeau faces chants, pounding drums as he walks through crowd at Kamloops memorial

Prime Minister gets stern reception at a daylong memorial held at the nation’s PowWow Arbor

The former Kamloops Indian Residential School is seen in Kamloops, B.C., on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kamloops Indian Residential School survivor Camille Kenoras holds eagle feathers as she laughs during a ceremony to mark the one-year anniversary of the TkÕemlœps te SecwŽpemc announcement of the detection of the remains of 215 children at an unmarked burial site at the former residential school, in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

215: Memorial honours unmarked graves found 1 year ago at former Kamloops residential school

Governor General Mary Simon, Canada’s first Indigenous person in the role, attended the event

Kamloops Indian Residential School survivor Camille Kenoras holds eagle feathers as she laughs during a ceremony to mark the one-year anniversary of the TkÕemlœps te SecwŽpemc announcement of the detection of the remains of 215 children at an unmarked burial site at the former residential school, in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
People are silhouetted as they walk past the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after gathering to honour the 215 children whose remains have been discovered buried near the facility, in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. The year since the the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced that ground-penetrating radar had located the suspected grave sites in a former apple orchard has been one of national reckoning about residential schools in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

A year of trauma, catharsis and finally peace for some survivors of Kamloops school

215 suspected unmarked graves were found at the former residential school in May 2021

People are silhouetted as they walk past the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after gathering to honour the 215 children whose remains have been discovered buried near the facility, in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. The year since the the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced that ground-penetrating radar had located the suspected grave sites in a former apple orchard has been one of national reckoning about residential schools in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir stands outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after speaking to reporters, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Chief sees process of ‘exhumation to memorialization’ at Kamloops graves site

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation mission: bringing the missing children home

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir stands outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after speaking to reporters, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall watch a performance of the RCMP Musical Ride in Ottawa, during their Canadian Royal tour, on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Prince Charles acknowledges suffering of residential school survivors

Prince said community members and leaders at every stop emphasized the importance of reconciliation

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall watch a performance of the RCMP Musical Ride in Ottawa, during their Canadian Royal tour, on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
The Canadian flag flies at half mast over the Peace tower and parliament buildings Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Residential school survivors didn’t want to ‘wear’ decision to raise flag: documents

Period after discovery of unmarked graves marked longest time in Canadian history flags at half-mast

The Canadian flag flies at half mast over the Peace tower and parliament buildings Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Tk'emlups te Secwepemc Kukpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir speaks during a news conference ahead of a ceremony to honour residential school survivors and mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, in Kamloops, on Sept. 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Ceremony planned for anniversary of Kamloops 215 discovery

May 23 marks one-year since discovery of mass graves at former residential school

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Tk'emlups te Secwepemc Kukpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir speaks during a news conference ahead of a ceremony to honour residential school survivors and mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, in Kamloops, on Sept. 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti photographed in Ottawa, Dec. 7, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

Justice minister meeting with B.C. Indigenous leaders in Chilliwack as ‘trust-building exercise’

‘It’s important to see the sites,’ Minister David Lametti said of residential school site tour

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti photographed in Ottawa, Dec. 7, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)
A group of youths lead a group drumming and singing at sunset outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, to honour the lives of those suspected to be buried in unmarked graves near the facility, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Unmarked graves finding triggered Canada’s year of reckoning over residential schools

Country confronts the legacy of its residential school system for Indigenous children

A group of youths lead a group drumming and singing at sunset outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, to honour the lives of those suspected to be buried in unmarked graves near the facility, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Cassidy Caron, president of the Metis National Council, speaks to the media in St. Peter’s Square after a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Monday, March 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Gregorio Borgia

Pope Francis to visit Edmonton, Quebec and Iqaluit in July to meet Indigenous people

Visit comes after apology last month for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in residential schools

Cassidy Caron, president of the Metis National Council, speaks to the media in St. Peter’s Square after a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Monday, March 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Gregorio Borgia
RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Wednesday October 21, 2020. In a new mandate letter issued to RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, Mendicino instructs the national police force to proactively disclose documents, help uncover truths and allow for alternative forms of investigation as communities “seek justice at their own pace.”	THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Help heal Indigenous residential school trauma, public safety minister tells RCMP

Force told to proactively disclose documents and allow for alternative forms of investigation

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Wednesday October 21, 2020. In a new mandate letter issued to RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, Mendicino instructs the national police force to proactively disclose documents, help uncover truths and allow for alternative forms of investigation as communities “seek justice at their own pace.”	THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld