Canada's Indigenous Services Minister said that Pope Francis should issue a formal apology
Following the discovery of the remains of 215 children at what was once the country's largest residential school, Canada's Indigenous services minister said Wednesday that Pope Francis should deliver a formal apology for the part the Catholic Church played in the country's residential school system.
The government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed to support attempts to locate more unmarked graves at former residential schools for Indigenous students, which housed Indigenous children removed from their families across the country.
The remains of 215 children were reported last month at the school in Kamloops, British Columbia, with the help of ground-penetrating radar, according to Chief Rosanne Casimir of the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc First Nation in British Columbia. None have been discovered so far.
Between 1915 and 1963, at least 51 children died at the school, according to the reconciliation commission's records. It found around 3,200 confirmed deaths at schools across Canada, but almost half of them were not reported because the cause of death was unknown.