Indigenous group making 215 Tipis to set infront of Edmonton's biggest Catholic Church

“They haven’t admitted it, they haven’t apologized for it, they haven’t been held accountable,”

A group of Indigenous-Edmontonians are making tiny tipis for each of the children found buried in an unmarked mass grave at the former site of the Kamloops Residential School.

Elder Taz Augustine said that for the past five days Indigenous people have been gathering pairs of shoes and making tipis to put in front of St. Joseph’s Basilica Church in downtown Edmonton.

“This is the largest church in Edmonton,” Augustine said. “We choose it as a site because it is a Catholic church and 70 per cent of residential schools were run by the Catholic Church.

“It is important that we hold them accountable,” she added. “We are a presence that they will not miss seeing.”

Augustine added that while many people have been holding the government accountable for residential schools, the Catholic Church and other Christian denominations need to be held accountable as well.


Contact the Indian Residential School Survivors Society toll-free 1 (800) 721-0066 or 24-hour Crisis Line 1 (866) 925-4419 if you require further emotional support or assistance.

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