Article Link: Catholic Church Reluctant to Release Indian School Records

April 6, 2010

In today’s Globe and Mail, there is an article about the difficulties facing the IRS TRC in procuring records from the Indian Residential Schools run by the Catholic church. The church cites privacy laws in an effort to withhold their documents. Read the article here, and an excerpt from journalist Bill Curry below:

The Roman Catholic Church is balking at the release of Indian residential schools documents that name individual church members, insisting its concern is purely about respecting Canada’s privacy laws and not an attempt to cover up new allegations of abuse.

But the research director for Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission says the denominations involved in residential schools are being unco-operative, and suggests the Catholic church in particular fears more abuse stories will come out against living members.

The Conservative government and the churches that helped run Canada’s Indian residential schools are sitting on mountains of archived material, but not a single page has yet been turned over to the commission.

The above image runs alongside the Globe and Mail article and is from the Indian Residential School in Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, date unknown.

UPDATE: IRS TRC issues apology for tone of recent statements regarding the handing over of documents from churches. See my April 8th post or read more here. The original interview given to the Trent University paper is available here.

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