The thing about privilege is, you don’t always know you have it. It doesn’t mean you have to feel guilty and ashamed about who you are. It means you have a responsibility to acknowledge where you have benefited and others have lost out.
With the discovery of 215 Indigenous children in a mass grave at residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia – we (white folk) have a responsibility to to acknowledge our wrongs. It is disheartening to know that the Catholic Church of Canada has not offered a formal apology as of the time of this writing, nor has there been an apology from the Pope.
Similarly disheartening, I’ve read that the Vatican has not released the records of the documented children who had attended this particular residential school. Why?
The Catholic church was responsible for 70% of the residential schools in Canada. This is not the beginning. There will be more mass grave sites discovered.
This is something that Indigenous people have known. I know how much I love my children and to not know where my babies are would be nothing short of torture.
This is also an example of generational trauma. At the hands of the colonizers (white folk) and the Catholic church. It’s part of history that isn’t taught in schools.
(My daughter, who is in 3rd grade has some knowledge of what a residential school is as opposed to the settler version I was taught).
We all have the responsibility to speak out…especially for the voices that couldn’t.