STATEMENT – ‘Growing into a deepening awareness of the damage caused’

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Statement from Missionary Oblates of Mary Imacculate “Regarding news from the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Nation (Kamloops Indian Band) of the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School.”

On behalf of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, I wish to express my heartfelt sadness and sincere regret for the deep pain and distress the discovery of the remains of children buried on the grounds of Kamloops Indian Residential School brings to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, and other affected indigenous communities, especially family members of the deceased.

I appreciate the sensitive and respectful way in which this difficult work is being carried out. This heart‐breaking discovery brings the tragedy of the residential school system into the light once again and demands that we continue to confront its legacy.

The Missionary Oblates were administrators and teachers at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. Through our own ongoing reflection, and the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, we are growing into a deepening awareness of the damage caused to indigenous peoples, the enduring harm caused by colonization and the part our religious order played in it through the residential school system.

This growing awareness leads us to an increased desire to listen deeply and learn from indigenous communities where Oblates continue to live and minister. The Oblates remain committed to humbly participating in ongoing efforts towards reconciliation and healing for our role in this painful part of our shared history.


Fr. KEN THORSON, OMI Provincial
OMI Lacombe Canada

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3 Comments on STATEMENT – ‘Growing into a deepening awareness of the damage caused’

  1. tony brumell // June 1, 2021 at 11:25 PM // Reply

    What a load of escapist crap.

  2. Leanne Knowles // June 1, 2021 at 6:08 PM // Reply

    I’m having trouble believing they are truly sorry. Sorry for the discovery, perhaps. What these cruel, sadistic “Christians” inflicted upon defenceless children is a complete abomination. Genocide. Enough with the placating apologies.

  3. Notice that the reply expresses sadness at the discovery, but not at the sadism and the brutality and the hypocrisy and venality of the supposedly holy fathers and holy mother church! False, cheap apology! Right in traditional style. Their holy father will surely forgive them their sins, but mankind s should never.

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