In Support of Reconciliation

Canadian Martyrs Catholic Parish in Ottawa is a community entrusted to the care of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.  We wish to add our voices to those of the Oblate leadership in this shared expression of sorrow as news has reached us of the discovery of the 215 unmarked graves at the Kamloops Residential School. As parents and grandparents, as parishioners and clergy, we believe that solidarity with the First Nations People of Canada begins with our never ceasing to be sorry for what has happened in our names. We add our names, and our hearts, to those apologies which the Oblate leadership have extended to the Indigenous peoples of Canada.

From the Parish Pastoral Council and the Pastoral Team

Praying for healing and reconciliation


Indian Residential Schools and the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate Q & A

Media Release and Apology from the Oblates

The Kamloops Indian Residential School was administered by the Oblates.  OMI Lacombe Canada’s Provincial, Fr. Ken Thorson OMI, issued the following media release: Oblate Media-Release May 2021. Fr Ken writes: “The Oblates remain committed to humbly participating in ongoing efforts towards reconciliation and healing for our role in this painful part of our shared history.”

In 1991, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Canada were the first among Catholic entities to issue an apology for both their part in residential schools, as well as for the role they played in cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious imperialism. The 1991 statement recognized “centuries of systemic imperialism,” and the tragic impact of the assumed superiority and historical privilege of Christian Europeans. We are sharing the full 1991 statement here: Oblate Apology.

In 2014, Oblate Provincial Fr. Ken Forster OMI formally renewed this apology (AN APOLOGY TO THE FIRST NATIONS OF CANADA – March 29, 2014) and using language that referred explicitly to settler colonialism, he noted: “Through the first centuries of contact, the relationship of non-native to First Nations People was deeply wounded by the settlers’ attitude of cultural and religious superiority and the imposition of colonial power.”




Historically Inaccurate that Church Hasn’t Apologized ; de Souza

Assembly of First Nations-Statement to Pope Benedict

Pope Francis – ANGELUS – 2021-06-06

Minister-Pope needs to apologize; CRUX

Oblate Apologies and Statements

Joint statement: NCTR to work with the Oblates to access residential school records, July 5, 2021


Oblate Apology

OMI Lacombe Media Release 2021-05-30

Forster letter re apology 2014

Lacombe Oblates FAQ 2021

 Kamloops This Week – interview with Fr. Ken Thorson

Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement

National Post: The truth about the Church’s obligation to aboriginals

Catholics need to ‘ask their church’ CBC

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in Canada 

How Canada’s UNDRIP bill was strengthened

UNDRIP campaign finally paying off

Diocesan Statements

Youtube link to the statement by Archbishop Damphousse on National Indigenous Day 2021 in support of reconciliation

Message from Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall, June 20, 2021

2021-06-02 Statement from Archbishop Damphousse 


2021-06-04 Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Residential Schools Diocese of Toronto

Archdiocese of Regina will help make residential school documents public

Parish Statements

Enoch Reserve, Alberta

Holy Canadian Martyrs, Ottawa

Graveyards, Lack of Records

Graves Were Never a Secret, June 02 2021

Rediscovering the horrors of residential schools

Probe could reveal much about lives

Identifying…lack of records-Red Deer

Bodies Not Isolated Incident; CRUX

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Graveyards, Historical Background

Neglected in Life TYEE

Two TRC Calls to Action Are a Litmus Test for Governments TYEE

The Story of a National Crime-TYEE

Where are the Children Buried?  Dr. Scott Hamilton, Anthropology, Lakehead University, Report for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (44 pages)

An era is coming to an end 1968, The Province

For Further Reading

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action

Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Report

Treaties and Agreements

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) is a place of learning and dialogue where the truths of Residential School Survivors, families and communities are honoured and kept safe for future generations.

Indigenous Canada – online course offered by the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta

‘Everyday is about healing for the survivors,’ says Cowessess chief after vigil