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The Catholic church responds to Fontaine's abuse charges

In 1928, a government official predicted Canada would end its "Indian problem" within two generations. Church-run, government-funded residential schools for native children were supposed to prepare them for life in white society. But the aims of assimilation meant devastation for those who were subjected to physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Decades later, aboriginal people began to share their stories and demand acknowledgement of — and compensation for — their stolen childhoods.

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A priest agrees that action by the church may be in order to address allegations of abuse at residential schools.

Medium: Television
Program: The Journal
Broadcast Date: Oct. 31, 1990
Guest: Fr. Claude Blanchette
Host: Barbara Frum
Duration: 8:04

Last updated: October 9, 2013

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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