June 25, 2021
The Catholic religious community that operated residential schools in Saskatchewan and British Columbia where hundreds of unmarked graves have been found says it will disclose all historical documents it has.
The Missionary of Oblates of Mary Immaculate operated 48 schools, including the Marieval Indian Residential School at the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan and the Kamloops Indian Residential School in B.C.
In a statement, the Oblates say they have worked to make historical documents available through universities, archives and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
They say the work is not complete because of complications with provincial and national privacy laws.
The statement from the Oblates asks for guidance from organizations on how to navigate those laws.
Indigenous leaders and others have been calling for the release of all documents related to residential schools.