Residential Schools

Recent posts by the Archdiocese – update July 23, 2021

A selection of recent posts by the Archdiocese regarding residential schools and the unmarked graves revealed in Kamloops.

Indigenous Relations page on the CAEDM site – (July 23, 2021 update)

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Residential SchoolsJune 8, 2021

Statement on Grandin name – June 4, 2021

Canada’s bishops express ‘deepest sorrow’ over loss of 215 children found buried at former residential schoolJune 1, 2021

June 4, 2021Chief J. Wilton “Willie” Littlechild and Archbishop Richard Smith met this week in Maskwacis, and are offering this joint video statement on the Kamloops Residential School discovery, and on reconciliation.
Chief Littlechild is a former Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations. He was also a commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a member of the 1977 Indigenous delegation to the United Nations, and worked on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He is a recipient of the Order of Canada, Alberta Order of Excellence, and Queens Counsel.
June 5, 2021- Exclusive interview with Chief Wilton “Willie” Littlechild and Archbishop Richard Smith on reconciliation
Chief Littlechild, former Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations, attended 3 different residential schools over a span of 14 years. 
He was also a commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a member of the 1977 Indigenous delegation to the United Nations, and worked on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
He is a recipient of the Order of Canada, Alberta Order of Excellence, and Queens Counsel.
May 31, 2021 – Archbishop Smith Speaks on Kamloops Residential School Site Discovery