A teepee is on the garden of St. Joseph’s Basilica in Edmonton to honour the our bodies of 215 youngsters discovered buried at a former residential college in Kamloops.
The teepee and sacred hearth are a part of a multi-day ceremony of therapeutic and prayer.
“There can be 4 days of ceremony, there can be pipe ceremonies, there can be drumming, singing, dancing and feasting, all in prayer,” organizer Elder Taz Augustine stated.
“We selected this church significantly. We wish to maintain the church buildings accountable for the atrocities that occurred to the kids — not simply the 215, however the many our bodies they are going to find yourself discovering.”
With many fingers now pointing in the direction of the Catholic Church, Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith issued an apology on-line whereas sitting beside Treaty Six First Nations Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild.
“I deeply remorse Catholic participation in authorities insurance policies that resulted in youngsters being separated from their households and sometimes suppressed Aboriginal language and tradition on the residential college. This could by no means have occurred to you. The residential college system itself ought to by no means have occurred,” Smith stated.
Whereas that apology could also be one in all many, it’s little consolation for Augustine.
“Any apology that the Oblates have put out, we don’t settle for it. We don’t need apologies. We wish accountability. We wish individuals to be charged with crimes. We wish them put in jail. A few of them are nonetheless alive, the accomplices who saved all of it silent,” Augustine stated.
Whereas many questions stay unanswered, Augustine and people at St. Joseph’s stated they are going to take this chance to wish and heal.
“I simply hope for change. Our individuals don’t deserve this anymore. We’re not animals. We should reside a contented life like everybody else,” ceremony supporter Crystal Tremblay stated.
The sacred hearth ceremony can be held till Tuesday.