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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR) - Sept. 30

Unlike other holidays, the NDTR is not just a day off from work. Instead it is very much a day when we encourage our whole Catholic community to take up the work of prayer and reflection, of learning and listening, of reaching out and reaching forward toward a new relationship of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples of this land.

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VIDEO: National Indigenous parish launches rebuilding campaign

Archbishop Richard Smith and Sacred Heart pastor Rev. Susai Jesu, together with priests throughout our Archdiocese, are sharing this letter, video, and brochure with all parishes and their parishioners to explain the project, its deep significance, and to call upon all local Catholics to act in support of the rebuilding of Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples, the national Indigenous parish.

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Indigenous delegation to Vatican could come by end of the year

Canada’s Catholic bishops remain committed to moving forward with a delegation of Indigenous people to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis by the end of this year.

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Residential Schools – June 2021

This FAQ is intended to provide some context and address some frequently asked questions about this important issue. We must all join in the collective efforts on the path to healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

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Researcher: ‘Mass grave’ narrative misses need for answers

Anthropologist Dr. Scott Hamilton said in an interview that he believes his study provides important detail and context for a public grappling with the implications of the Kamloops news. Hamilton said the “mass grave” description “misses the point with the residential-school story,” a story that unfolded over more than a century and in which appalling conditions led to high death rates due to disease, the most devastating of which was tuberculosis.

Deceased students were often buried in simple graveyards near the schools because federal authorities provided no funding to send the bodies home or to conduct proper burials.

The result, Hamilton told The B.C. Catholic, was that the children were interred in de facto “pauper’s graves” with simple wooden crosses that have deteriorated and disappeared over the decades.

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Join us online for a virtual Lac Ste Anne Pilgrimage July 25-29

Be a part of a great tradition of healing and spiritual renewal!

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Video: 2020 Lac Ste Anne Pilgrimage cancelled

A sad and difficult decision, says Archbishop Smith.

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Graves of Bishop Grandin & Fathers Leduc & Lacombe relocated

Remains of 3 giants in the Catholic history of the West have been laid to rest in new graves in St. Albert.

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Reconciliation is a journey, not a destination

“I don’t believe we should ever forget what has happened, but we need to go forward. The wind goes forward. It never goes backward. We need to move ahead and forge good relationships.”

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MMIWG Inquiry witnesses cling to faith, hope for answers

“Nobody can tell me that my sister is less important than anybody. Try to explain that to her son.”

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