Catholic churches burned in British Columbia. News

  Catholic churches burned in British Columbia.  News

The previous day, two Catholic churches were burned in the Canadian province of British Columbia. The church stood in an area controlled by the First Nations tribe of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band.

The fire may be related to the recently discovered bodies of children on the grounds of the church school. More than 900 bodies have been found in anonymous graves in recent weeks. All those children were forced to attend a boarding school, where they were taught their native culture. Many people have been left with trauma since that period.

In the Canadian broadcaster CBC, tribe chief Keith Crowe called the fire a major disaster. According to him, many people value the church. “I’m angry. I don’t see anything positive coming out of it.”

Earlier, two other churches in the same area were burnt down. “It’s no coincidence, there must be more to it,” Crowe said.

In Canada by the end of the last century, approximately 150,000 Indigenous children were sent to one of 139 boarding schools. There they had to adapt to the culture of the white settlers of Canada while being isolated from their family, language and culture. The Catholic Church controlled many of these boarding schools. A National Commission of Inquiry, which speaks of “cultural genocide”, previously reported that more than 4,000 people were killed in schools.


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