Trudeau Canadian Suspects Destruction of Churches
These actions followed the recent discovery of more than 1,000 unmarked graves in old traditional schools that sparked outrage and grief in indigenous communities and beyond, as well as a recounting of the country’s colonial history. Instead of catastrophic destruction, Justin Trudeau Canadian called on all Canadians to commit to reconciliation.
Ottawa: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday condemned a wave of vandalism across Canada where churches were damaged and statues of kings sprayed with red paint and demolished.
These actions followed the recent discovery of more than 1,000 unmarked graves in old traditional schools that sparked outrage and grief in indigenous communities and beyond, as well as a recounting of the country’s colonial history.
“It is unacceptable and unfortunate that incidents of vandalism and vandalism are visible throughout the country, including Catholic churches,” Trudeau Canadian told a news conference.
“I understand the outrage that is there, directed at the provincial government, against institutions like the Catholic Church,” he said.
“Indeed, and it is understandable when we look at the disgraceful history of” traditional Canadian schools, “he said.
But instead of doing much damage, he called on all Canadians to commit to reconciliation.
On Thursday, the Canadian national holiday was marked by a low number due to the past of British colonies, with many cities withdrawing their typical Canadian Day celebrations.
Ten weeks of vandalism in Calgary and Winnipeg, protesters erected a statue of Queen Victoria in the Manitoba legislature and another near Queen Elizabeth II.
In Britain, a statement from 10 Downing Street said London had condemned the demolition of statues of two queens.
“Our thoughts are with the Canadian indigenous community following the traumatic findings (of the cemetery) and we are following up on these issues and continuing to engage with the Canadian government on traditional matters,” the official said.
Until the 1990s, about 150,000 new Indians, Inuit, and Metis were forcibly enrolled in the 139 Catholic schools run by the Catholic Church on behalf of the state.
More than 4,000 students have died of disease and neglect.
Others report physical and sexual abuse from principals and teachers who take away their culture and language.
The statue of Queen Victoria of 1904, who ruled over the Commonwealth when Canada began negotiating treaties with the First Nations and opened the first residential schools, was left covered with the Canadian flag with the words black marker, “We were children.”
Belinda Vandenbroeck, a former boarding school student, told the Winnipeg Free Press: “This queen is the one who donated our land to her happy lords – her fur dealers.”
“So I have no place in my heart,” he said.
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