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Canada residential schools: Will hunt for Indigenous graves bring healing?

“Bringing these children back to the community and bringing their spirits home is such an important part of the healing process,” says Kisha Supernant, director of the Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology in Edmonton who has been working on uncovering mass graves since 2008. “So many of the issues that we’ve seen today that Indigenous communities in Canada and elsewhere face can often be traced back to these systems that broke families, literally took them apart. … If there’s any chance of having a healthy future, we have to do this work and hold people accountable and figure out a way forward.”

By Sara Miller Llana Staff writer
Ryan Yu contributed reporting to this article
The Christian Science Monitor, July 22, 2021

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Comfort, strength, and reconciliation

Recognizing everyone’s nature as God’s child offers a powerful basis for learning from mistakes, loving our neighbors of all backgrounds more freely, and moving forward together.

By Lyle Young, Contributor
The Christian Science Monitor, July 19, 2021

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‘The pope needs to apologize.’ Unmarked graves near schools roil Canada.

As Canadian anguish over the findings continues to mount, many here hope that the Catholic Church forges a more cooperative approach to addressing its role in subjugating Indigenous peoples. This discovery follows one last month of 215 children found near a Catholic-run residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia – putting pressure on Pope Francis to issue an apology and for local Catholic leaders to release all records that are available, says Kathleen Mahoney, an expert in reparations for mass human rights abuses at the University of Calgary.

By Sara Miller
Staff writer
The Christian Science Monitor, June 25 2021

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The importance of a name

… this week, Canada announced its Indigenous people can now officially use their Indigenous names. It means that Ka’nhehsí:io Deer (pronounced GUN-heh-SEE-yo) will no longer have to use “Jessica” on her passport. The CBC reporter reverted to her Indigenous name professionally last September and wrote a column to tell readers why it was so important. “I love my name, and I am proud of it,” she said. “It is a daily reminder that I am a part of a living culture.”

By Mark Sappenfield
Editor
The Christian Science Monitor, June 18, 2021

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