History and Historiography

Saskatoon Catholic cathedral covered with paint after discovery of 751 unmarked graves

By David Shield CBC

Father Stefano Penna says he understands the anger Indigenous people are feeling

WARNING: This story contains distressing details.

The doors of a Roman Catholic cathedral in downtown Saskatoon were splattered with paint Thursday afternoon after the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at the former Marieval Indian Residential School.

Video of the event posted to social media showed a woman painting and splattering red paint on the door and the sign of  St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral.

Photos of the aftermath show the words “We Were Children” scrawled on the church door.

The Catholic Church has been criticized for its role in the residential school system, especially for its reluctance to provide records relating to burial grounds.

On Thursday, the Cowessess First Nation announced the preliminary discovery of 751 unmarked graves at the former residential school. The announcement caused shock and outrage across the country.

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