A woman reads cards of condolences tied to a tree next to a monument to the survivors of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, after the remains of 215 children, some as young as three years old, were found at the site in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada May 29, 2021.
Collins says the Church has been working continuously toward reconciliation with Indigenous people and invited Ottawa to be a part of those ongoing efforts.
Trudeau on Friday blasted the Church for being "silent" and "not stepping up, " and called on it to formally apologize and to make amends for its prominent role in his nation's former system of church-run Indigenous boarding schools.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday the church must take responsibility for its role in the schools.
"These hard moments represent a strong reminder for all of us to distance ourselves from the model of colonizer ... and to walk side by side in dialogue and in mutual respect in the recognition of the rights and cultural values of all the sons and daughters of Canada", he said. He also pointed to a private meeting that Pope Benedict XVI held with Indigenous leaders in 2009, where he expressed his "sorrow".
"I join the Canadian Bishops and the whole Catholic Church in Canada in expressing my closeness to the Canadian people, who have been traumatized by this shocking news", Francis told an audience in St. Peter's Square, according to a translation of prepared remarks.
The head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis met with both Vatican-based Canadian cardinals on Saturday and expressed his sadness over the Kamloops Indian Residential School tragedy.
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He noted that when he met with Francis at the Vatican in 2017 he had asked him to "move forward on apologizing" and on making records available. She says his address does not meet the needs of the survivors, who are the ones asking for the apology.
The band's announcement of the discovery has touched off countrywide grief, anger about the children's treatment at the schools and calls for more searches at other such institutions.
"We do want an apology" from the Catholic Church, Casimir said.
"To suggest that the Catholic Church or the bishops or the Vatican or somebody is trying to hide documents is just unfair", said Collins.
"The Pope won't say, 'You know what?" "Let us pray for the families and for the indigenous Canadian communities overcome by sorrow".
Even if the Pope issues a formal apology, Lansdowne says there's far more to be done for churches to work towards reconciliation.
But he did not go so far as to offer the apology that many people have been calling for over the unfolding scandal. "It's not a one-time payment of claims for sexual abuse and physical abuse and spiritual abuse", she said. This is the living history and the living legacy of residential schools and an assimilation of policy that was meant to eradicate Indigenous people from Canadian society.