Churches being burned in Canada as Trudeau looks on!
Speaking to reporters after touring an Ottawa vaccination clinic, Trudeau said there has been “a rise of intolerance and racism and hatred that we’re seeing across the country.”
“It is unacceptable and wrong that acts of vandalism and arson are being seen across the country, including against Catholic churches,” he told reporters.
Trudeau said he understands the anger felt by many across the country since several First Nations reported finding unmarked graves at former residential school sites — but setting fire to churches is wrong.
The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says he understands the rage, frustration and pain brought on by the discovery of unmarked graves at former residential schools, but funnelling that anguish into burning down churches will not bring justice.
“To burn things down is not our way,” Perry Bellegarde said Wednesday. “Our way is to build relationships and come together.”
Audrey Poitras, president of the Metis Nation of Alberta, said the town and church have close relationships with the Metis community.
“Some of our citizens were married there. Some left shoes on the steps to commemorate the children whose lives were lost at residential schools,” Poitras said in a statement.
“Violence and destruction are not the way forward during these difficult times.”
(VIA RT NEWS) New revelations concerning the extent of the mistreatment of Canada’s indigenous people in the time of European colonization and settlement of North America have shaken the country’s understanding of its history and provoked calls for a deeper reckoning of the atrocities that occurred.
Canadians feel ashamed and angry as numerous unmarked mass graves of native children appear on Canada’s former frontier. As many as 6,000 Native children may have died of disease, abuse and neglect in the effort to assimilate them into Canada’s mainstream culture. More than a dozen Canadian churches, most of them Catholic, have burnt to the ground in apparent acts of arson as demonstrations take a turn for the ugly. Native activists are now calling on protesters to refrain from further anti-Catholic violence. RT America’s Alex Mihailovich reports.