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QUEBEC CITY (LifeSiteNews) — Speaking in front of Pope Francis, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau levied blame at the “Roman Catholic Church as an institution” for the wrongdoings perpetrated at residential schools while leaving out the fact that the system itself was created and made mandatory by the Canadian government.
“When I talk to survivors [of the residential school system] and their families, I think of the children, and I think of the parents … ,” Trudeau said at the Citadelle of Quebec on Wednesday, where he was speaking alongside Pope Francis and Gov. General Mary Simon.
“As a dad, I can’t imagine my kids being taken away. When my kids are crying, I can console them, when they are happy, I can share that feeling of joy with them, of accomplishment. But in residential schools, these children were alone, isolated … even worse, stripped of their language, their culture, their identity,” the prime minister added.
Continuing, Trudeau said that “Since the 2015 release of the Truth and Reconciliation’s final report, the First Nations, the Inuit and the Metis have been calling on the Pope to apologize to survivors, to their families and to communities,” specifically, “To apologize for the role that the Roman Catholic Church, as an institution, played in the abuse [of children] … [in] church-run residential schools.”
As reported by LifeSiteNews, while it is true that Aboriginal children were unjustly removed from the care of their parents and forced to enter the residential school system, where there have been reported instances of all forms of abuse, it was the Canadian government, not the Catholic Church, who in 1883 under the newly established Indian Affairs Department, took control of the original Aboriginal schools, often run by Jesuit missionaries, to create the larger institutions known as the “residential school system.”
This time last year, Justin Trudeau and his media allies were at the forefront of falsely accusing Catholic institutions of having buried Indigenous children in mass graves at various residential schools across Canada.
There was and is no credible evidence to support these wild accusations, but many Canadians are still unaware of the facts.
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The anger generated by the media at home and abroad saw over twenty Canadian churches burned, and extensive damage done to many more, but the record has never been set straight in what amounts to a disinformation campaign.
Terry Glavin at the National Post recently wrote a masterful piece that may go down in history as the definitive “debunking” of the assertions about the mass graves that never were.
Glavin points out that “nothing new was added to the public record” concerning the history of residential schools in Canada.
“The legacy of the schools had already been exhaustively explored in the testimony of hundreds of elders and a series of inquiries, public hearings, criminal cases, settlements and federal investigations going back decades. Most important of these efforts were the widely publicized undertakings of the 2008-2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), and the content of its voluminous findings,” Glavin wrote.
“…[N]ot a single mass grave was discovered in Canada last year,” he added.
“The several sites of unmarked graves that captured international headlines were either already-known cemeteries, or they remain sites of speculation even now, unverified as genuine grave sites.”
“Not a single child” accounted for during the extensively researched commission “was located in any of these places,” Glavin underscored.
“In none of these places were any human remains unearthed.”
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Even Trudeau's kneeling at what was reported upon as a just-discovered residential school burial ground was a lie - it was actually a well-known Catholic cemetery, but the media didn't let these details get in the way of reinforcing their narrative.
Trudeau also called on Pope Francis to come to Canada and apologize for what had happened, as outlets like Reuters, the New York Times and scores more told the world that “nearly 1000 bodies” had been found in two mass graves.
Those online articles were quietly edited from "mass graves" to "unmarked graves", but we still have the Twitter posts from major outlets like Reuters to prove the staggering level of misinformation.
SIGN: Justin Trudeau must tell Canadians the truth - there were no mass graves
According to an extensive investigation by Professor Emeritus Jacques Rouillard from the Université de Montréal: “The ‘discovery’ was first reported last May 27 (2021) by Tk’emlúps te secwépemc First Nation Chief Rosanne Casimir after an anthropologist, Sarah Beaulieu, used ground-penetrating radar in a search for the remains of children alleged by some to be buried there.”
“Her preliminary report is actually based on depressions and abnormalities in the soil of an apple orchard near the school – not on exhumed remains.”
Professor Rouillard opined that the unverifiable narrative of what could have amounted to child-murder has led to the false assertion of genocide, an assertion without any supporting evidence.
“By never pointing out that it is only a matter of speculation or potentiality, and that no remains have yet been found, governments and the media are simply granting credence to what is really a thesis: the thesis of the ‘disappearance’ of children from residential schools,” Rouillard wrote.
“And all of this is based only on soil abnormalities that could easily be caused by root movements, as the anthropologist herself cautioned in the July 15 press conference.”
The vast majority of Canadians have been misled by the media and Mr. Trudeau, believing the most incredible smears imaginable, leading to scores of attacks on churches around the country.
It's time we heard the truth.
Please sign the petition today.
We are also cc'ing Canada's Catholic bishops on this petition - they must also demand the record be corrected, lest Canadians continue believing the mainstream media's disinformation.
For More Information:
How the world's media got it wrong on residential school graves - National Post
Trudeau lied about the bogus mass grave story - LifeSiteNews
Trudeau's narrative was a hoax - LifeSiteNews
**Photo: St. Jean Baptiste Church in Morinville burned to the ground on June 30, 2021**
Catholic author Michael O’Brien, who attended residential schools and gave testimony to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, previously told LifeSiteNews that the chief underlying issue in the residential school saga was the institutional abuse of children by removing them from their families by the state authorities, and then taken to the schools, noting the “long-term psychological and social effects of this.”
It was the Royal Canadian Mounted Police acting under the Canadian government, not the Catholic Church, which forcibly removed Indigenous children from their parents’ homes to attend the schools. The RCMP also served as truant officers, hunting down children who ran away from the schools and returning them to the government-run institutions.
While some of the schools were run by members of Catholic religious orders, it was the Canadian government that funded them. Records show the schools were severely underfunded, meaning that children did not receive sufficient medical care.
In 1907, the Canadian government even ignored a warning from the Canadian Medical Inspector, Dr. Peter Bryce, who said the schools had “prime conditions” for creating an “outbreak of epidemics.”
While Trudeau and the Canadian government seem to be placing the blame almost exclusively on the Catholic Church, Trudeau’s own father, former Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, reigned during the residential school era and was a co-author of the highly controversial, “Statement of the Government of Canada on Indian Policy,” colloquially known as the 1969 White Paper, which sought to use the government to complete the assimilation of all Aboriginals and eliminate the special “reserve status” for their designated lands.