People across Canada have been impacted by last week’s news of the terrible discovery of a mass grave containing the remains of 215 children on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. It hits particularly close to home for our local Mi’kmaq communities. Archbishop Dunn offered his sorrow and prayers in a statement released on Tuesday of this week. We have produced a video statement that can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZHlpAf_hWA.
This Sunday, Archbishop Dunn will offer Mass at the Cathedral for the repose of the souls of the children. Parishes are invited to share these statements (written and/or video) as you wish this weekend during your Masses and in the various ways you communicate with parishioners.
Let us continue to pray for the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation: these children, their families, and all who have unjustly suffered as a result of the residential schools system. May the Holy Spirit pour out on us the understanding, wisdom, and, courage needed as we walk with our indigenous brothers and sisters to find a path that will lead us towards healing and reconciliation.