July 8, 2021 | By: Congress of Nations and States | Categories: Press Release

Residential School Killings in Canada

A group of female students and a nun pose in a classroom at Cross Lake Indian Residential School in Cross Lake, Man., in a 1940 archive photo. (Library and Archives Canada)

Olympia, Washington USA 8 July 2021 – The Congress of Nations and States (CNS) issued a statement calling on the governments of First Nations and Canada to convene an emergency Intergovernmental Summit with the Catholic Church of Canada on growing evidence of residential school killings. CNS is established to serve as the international institution. It was formed for indigenous nations and internationally recognized countries to establish new international laws providing for implementation of principles and commitments nations and states have made over the last fifty years.

The CNS Statement was transmitted in letter to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and to the Archbishop of Winnipeg Reverend Richard Gagnon, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops; Cowessess First Nation Chief Cadmus Delorme, Tkemplúps te Secwépemc First Nation Chief Rosanne Casimir and Canada’s Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennet.

Meeting in Executive Session the Congress of Nations and States issued a statement calling for and emergency Intergovernmental Summit. The Summit, according to the Statement urges that First Nations in Canada and the Government of Canada with the Catholic Church of Canada to convene an emergency intergovernmental summit to conduct a “complete investigation of the missing and unexplained killings of Indian children assigned to residential schools since 1889.”

The CNS Statement urges the parties to “right the wrongs” and establish a mechanism for the Governments of First Nations and the Government of Canada to engage as political equals. And that the Summit and mechanism should follow six specific guidelines to conduct investigations and determine what happened at the residential schools and hold perpetrators accountable.


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