Forging a Path: Talk 1
Like many Canadians, when I first heard the news that the bodies of 215 children were discovered buried under a residential school in Kamloops, my reaction was one of horror at what is simply a dehumanizing act.
As a Christian, my follow-up reaction focused on the fact that this was a church-run school. I reacted with horror that, again, a Christian organization is implicated in behaving so “un-christianly.”
My reaction moved to shame, then to distancing and blame (this isn’t my church), to worry over witness to the gospel, and finally, back to horror over this dehumanizing discovery and sorrow for the people it has so deeply affected.
Professionally, as the president of a Christian college, I felt I ought to make some sort of public statement. But what could I say, really, of any significance? What right had I to say anything? The problem is that the news of this discovery isn’t really new; Indigenous peoples have been speaking about the horrors of the residential school system for decades.