Catholic bishops commit $30M ‘target’ to help residential school survivors

Shortly before the first-ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Canada’s Roman Catholic bishops are committing to a funding “target” of $30 million to address trauma caused by residential schools, Nunatsiaq News reports.

Bishop Raymond Poisson, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, stated in a news release “there was universal consensus that Catholic entities needed to do more in a tangible way to address the suffering experienced.”

The money will go towards initiatives run by churches at the local level in “every region” in the country and will include First Nation, Métis and Inuit populations, the release states.

Furthermore, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls for an apology from the Pope on Canadian soil.