(ANNews) - The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation has applauded the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate’s decision to expedite the release of its records pertaining to residential schools.
The Oblates operated 48 residential schools in Canada, including the Marieval Indian Residential School in Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan, where 751 remains were recently found, and the Kamloops Indian Residential School, where 215 remains were uncovered.
They had previously provided 40,000 documents to the NCTR, with more to come, so the NCTR can get a complete picture of what happened.
“There is an arduous road ahead as communities search former sites and work to identify the loved ones who were found in these unmarked graves. Access to all relevant residential school records are an essential component in this process,” said NCTR executive director Stephanie Scott.
On behalf of the Oblates, Fr. Ken Thorson said they would offer any additional support the NCTR requires to access the complete records.
Jeremy Appel, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Alberta Native News