Residential school records must be released directly to First Nations: FSIN

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Chief Bobby Cameron is calling for churches crossed Canada to merchandise their residential school records — and for churches to merchandise them to the close people.

Cameron, Chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN), said churches indispensable merchandise records straight to First Nations successful bid to assistance with the hunt for quality remains astatine residential schoolhouse sites.

Last Thursday, the moderator (spiritual leader) of the United Church of Canada, the Rt. Rev. Richard Bott, enactment retired a connection saying it had released its records.

Bott said the religion acknowledges “that our relation successful the residential schoolhouse strategy and colonization is an maltreatment of powerfulness done our Christian faith.”

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In an interrogation with Global News connected Monday, Bott told Global News the church’s work and Christian work is to enactment towards reconciliation.

“This is astir the children who died astatine the institutions that we ran connected behalf of the Canadian government,” helium said, speaking from Port Coquitlam, B.C.

“It’s our work due to the fact that we should person cared for them successful their life.”

The United Church ran 15 residential schoolhouse crossed Canada, including the 3 successful Saskatchewan.

The religion ran the Cote Improved Federal Day School (which replaced the Crowstand Indian Residential School successful 1915) connected the Cote First Nation successful eastbound Saskatchewan from 1928 until 1940.

It besides assumed power of the File Hills Indian Residential School connected the Okanese First Nation, astir 100 km northeast of Regina, from 1925 until 1949 and the Round Lake school, connected Ochapawace First Nation, astir 175 km eastbound of Regina, from 1926 until 1950, according to a University of Regina 2017 ebook.

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“We are alert of cemeteries connected immoderate of these sites, and we cognize that determination are besides unmarked and apt undocumented graves of children,” the July 15 connection said.

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Bott told Global News the religion began releasing records to Library and Archives Canada during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission successful the mid-2000s and for the Residential School Settlement soon aft that.

The July 15 connection said the religion volition proceed to stock each documents and cognition and that it is committed to reconciliation and the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, “especially those directed to america arsenic perpetrators.”

The United Church of Canada apologized for its relation successful the residential schoolhouse strategy successful 1998.

In a connection released connected Monday, Cameron welcomed the church’s merchandise of its records.

“These survivors and their families person suffered enough,” helium is quoted arsenic saying.

“They had to combat to survive, they shouldn’t person to continuing warring for a due apology and compensation.”

But successful a telephone interrogation with Global News, Cameron said helium wasn’t alert of immoderate residential subsister who had seen the records.

He said the FSIN had not reached retired to Library and Archives Canada, a national agency, due to the fact that the bureaucracy is prohibitively time-consuming and complicated.

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“It’s a large hinderance,” helium said.

“Right present what we’re focused connected is the protocols and ceremonies astatine the crushed level, listening to survivors,” adding that supporting survivors with protocols and ceremonies comes first.

He renewed his telephone for each churches crossed Canada to merchandise their records.

Global News reached retired again to the United Church aft speaking with Cameron.

Sara Stratton, the reconciliation and Indigenous justness animator, successful an email, wrote the religion is “committed to continued dialog with Indigenous enactment and assemblage to marque those records afloat accessible to them.”

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