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Day school survivors worry they will be left out of whatever apology Pope makes for residential schools
WARNING: This story contains distressing details.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Margaret Swan was one of many children forced to attend Dog Creek Day School, which was operated by the Roman Catholic Church as part of a partnership with the Canadian government.
She says her experience at the school was filled with sexual, physical and emotional abuse. When it began, Swan was just seven years old.
"There was so much wrong. So many wrongs done in those schools," said Swan, a member of the Lake Manitoba First Nation in Manitoba.
Swan said the school was meant to strip Indigenous children of their culture and language, and left her and many others in her community with "no idea" how to properly parent their children. She said the community is still trying to climb out of the rut the system left it in.
Despite the schools having been active across the country, experts say Canada has yet to truly reckon with the concept of day schools to the extent it has with residential schools. Day school survivors had no role in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, despite many reporting the same abuses suffered by residential school survivors.
Now, they may be left out of an important conversation with the Catholic Church that is set to begin this week.
On his trip to Canada, Pope Francis is expected to expand on the apology he made in Rome for the conduct of some members of the Roman Catholic Church in the residential schools once operated by his faith's priests and nuns.
What is not clear is whether the Pope will apologize for the entirety of Catholicism's role in what the TRC has called the "cultural genocide" carried out on Indigenous people in Canada.
Experts say that only recognizing the harm of residential schools would be problematic, as they were only part of the "system of Indian education" in Canada. Read the full story here.
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Pope Francis kissed the hand of residential school survivor Alma Desjarlais of the Frog Lake First Nation as she welcomed the Pope to Canada on Sunday upon his arrival at Edmonton International Airport. Read more on the Pope's trip to Canada here.
Officials from Rogers Communications Inc. and a slew of other stakeholders are set to appear at a parliamentary committee in Ottawa on Monday to explain how the company's recent massive network outage happened — and to outline the steps they are taking to make sure it won't happen again. On the morning of July 8, the entire Rogers network went down. The outage also knocked out other systems, rendering such things as debit payments, 911 services and government services unavailable for much of the day, causing havoc. On Sunday, Rogers released details of what it plans to do about the issue, including ensuring that 911 calls switch automatically to other carriers in the event of an outage, separating wireless and cable systems so that an outage in one should not impact the other, and spending $10 billion to beef up its networks. "I know that it is only through these actions that we can begin to restore your confidence in Rogers and earn back your trust," Rogers CEO Tony Staffieri said. Read more on this story here.
Two senior RCMP officers will testify this week at the public inquiry examining the mass shooting two years ago in Nova Scotia. Supt. Darren Campbell and Chief Supt. Chris Leather are scheduled to speak to the Mass Casualty Commission for two days each, beginning with Campbell on Monday. The commission is examining the circumstances surrounding the killings on April 18-19, 2020, when a gunman shot and killed 22 people over 13 hours in several communities throughout the province. The victims include a pregnant woman and an RCMP officer. Campbell was the support services officer at the time of the shootings, the third-highest ranked Mountie in the province. He handled most of the public briefings after April 19, 2020, as investigators began interviewing hundreds of witnesses and combing through dozens of crime scenes. The commission's outline for this week indicates Campbell's testimony will cover topics including public communications during and after the rampage and "further context regarding his involvement during the mass casualty." Read the full story here.
Global Affairs Canada has confirmed the death of a Canadian fighter in Ukraine. He has been identified as Émile-Antoine Roy-Sirois, 31, by his family, who remember him as a person of kindness, courage and conviction, which led him to the front lines. Marie-France Sirois hadn't heard news about her son for days, until his best friend in the army called. "I knew it was the end," she said. Her son died on July 18, according to his friend, Adriel Martinez, an American volunteer in Ukraine. Roy-Sirois left Montreal in March to lend support to Ukrainian troops following Russia's invasion on Feb. 24. Sirois is hoping to bring her son's body back to Montreal. "He was bright and clever and kind .... People loved him at first sight," she said. "I'll miss everything [about him], all my life." She said she's been in contact with the Canadian Embassy in Ukraine, and the Ukrainian army is "supposed to take care of everything in order to get Émile's body back" home. Marilyne Guèvremont, a spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada, said the department is aware of the death of a Canadian in Ukraine, but she stopped short at confirming Roy-Sirois's identity. Read more here.
A potential labour disruption at WestJet has been averted after the airline and the union representing hundreds of workers at the Calgary and Vancouver airports reached a new tentative collective agreement. The company and Unifor Local 531, which represents about 800 baggage and customer service staff, announced the deal on Sunday evening. Unifor said last week that the workers had voted 98 per cent in favour of a strike as early as Wednesday if a deal could not be reached. Terms of the new tentative deal, which is still subject to ratification, were not released. Read more on this story here.
Canada's Pierce LePage captured the country's fourth medal at the World Athletics Championships after winning silver in the decathlon on Sunday night in Eugene, Ore. It's his first world championship medal, and he did it with a personal-best score of 8,701. LePage, 26, of Whitby, Ont., put together three consecutive personal-best performances in the 400 metres, 110m hurdles and then in the discus event to put him in second spot going into the 1,500m. His time of 4:42.77 in the final event was good enough for second spot overall in the decathlon. World record holder Kevin Mayer of France won the gold, while American Zach Ziemek took the bronze. A hamstring injury knocked Canadian Olympic champion Damian Warner out of the competition on Saturday. Read more on this story here.
Now for some good news to start your Monday: When it comes to beating the summer doldrums, most people might plan a little getaway or take on a new project. Then others, like Abe Oudshoorn of London, Ont., take it to the extreme. An associate professor at Western University and housing advocate, Oudshoorn is also an avid cyclist. He decided to answer his inner call for summer adventure by pedalling from London to New York City. With only his bike, a tent and a few personal items, Oudshoorn set out on June 28, riding east through Ontario, crossing the Canada-U.S. border in Buffalo and on to New York City. He arrived in the Big Apple on July 8. Read about his two-wheeled summer adventure here.
First Person: It took months for a doctor to take my symptoms seriously
After months of vocalizing her health concerns, Negin Nia's symptoms were finally taken seriously and she had open-heart surgery. It opened her eyes to the challenges women face in the health-care system. Read her column here.
Front Burner: The political resurrection of Danielle Smith
There was a time when former Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith was in the political wilderness, cast out by a stunning floor-crossing that alienated and angered many Alberta conservatives.
Now, it seems the former political pariah is back in the fold, as she makes her play to replace Jason Kenney as leader of the United Conservative Party and become Alberta's next premier.
She's drawn big cheers at the Calgary Stampede and brought in big dollars to her campaign with her anti-mandate and anti-Ottawa message.
Today on Front Burner, CBC's Jason Markusoff is here to discuss Smith's past political downfall and her current political resurrection.
Today in history: July 25
1909: Louis Blériot flies from Sangatte, France, near Calais, to Dover Castle, in the first crossing of the English Channel by air.
1917: Finance Minister Sir Thomas White introduces, as a war measure only, a proposal to levy a federal income tax on Canadians. Until then, only the provinces and municipalities had levied personal income tax.
1963: The United States, the Soviet Union and Britain agree to a treaty banning nuclear testing in the atmosphere, in space or underwater.
1984: Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the first woman to walk in space when she leaves the Salyut-7 space station to do a welding job.
With files from The Canadian Press, The Associated Press and Reuters