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Dozens of churches are vandalized and torched in Canada after hundreds of unmarked graves were discovered at sites of former residential schools for Indigenous children run by the Catholic church

Dozens of Canada's Christian churches burned down or vandalized

Dozens of Christian churches on indigenous lands in Canada have been torched and vandalized since unmarked graves of indigenous children near First Nation boarding schools were first discovered at the end of May. 

Since then, more than 1,000 graves have been found near Native American boarding schools - many of which were run by the Catholic Church and were part of an abusive system that the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission called 'cultural genocide' in 2015.

After the graves were found, about 12 churches were burned throughout the country between June 21 and July 9. 

Most of the fires were set near the town of Penticton, British Columbia - about 40 miles north of Washington state - the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in multiple statements.

It is estimated that there have been about 45 acts of arson or vandalism to Canadian Christian churches or places of worship since June. 

Flames engulf a Catholic church as firefighters work to extinguish the fire at St. Jean Baptiste Parish in Morinville, Alberta, Canada June 30

Flames engulf a Catholic church as firefighters work to extinguish the fire at St. Jean Baptiste Parish in Morinville, Alberta, Canada June 30

The St. Jean Baptiste Parish fire in Alberta on June 30 was the second major fire in less than a week

The St. Jean Baptiste Parish fire in Alberta on June 30 was the second major fire in less than a week 

About a dozen Christian Churches on Indigenous lands in Canada have been torched in the last month

About a dozen Christian Churches on Indigenous lands in Canada have been torched in the last month

 The RCMP said they're investigating all of the blazes at Catholic churches in Canada as 'suspicious' and looking to see if they're connected.  

The fires started after the remains of 215 Indigenous children were found in late May on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia. 

On June 24, the Cowessess First Nation said it had discovered the unmarked graves of an estimated 751 people near the site of the former Catholic-run Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan.  

On June 30, the Lower Kootenay Band said the aq'am First Nation discovered the remains of about 182 people near the site of the former Catholic-run St. Eugene's Mission School near Cranbrook, British Columbia. 

The discoveries coincided with the rash of church burnings, although police haven't definitively connected the two.  

Maryanne Klaassen looks inside the church doors covered in red paint July 3 at Grace Presbyterian Church in Calgary, Alberta. It's among dozens of Canadian churches that have been vandalized

Maryanne Klaassen looks inside the church doors covered in red paint July 3 at Grace Presbyterian Church in Calgary, Alberta. It's among dozens of Canadian churches that have been vandalized 

The fires and vandalism, like what's shown here July 3 on walls at Saint Bonaventure Catholic Church in Calgary, Alberta, began after the discovery of unmarked graves in schools that were run mostly by the Catholic church

The fires and vandalism, like what's shown here July 3 on walls at Saint Bonaventure Catholic Church in Calgary, Alberta, began after the discovery of unmarked graves in schools that were run mostly by the Catholic church

Firefighters inspect damage July 1 after fire destroyed the St. Jean Baptiste Parish Church in Morinville, Alberta

Firefighters inspect damage July 1 after fire destroyed the St. Jean Baptiste Parish Church in Morinville, Alberta

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Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on July 15, 2021 at 10:54pm
Well God don't like ugly
Comment by vaughn mitchell on July 15, 2021 at 4:01pm
Burn down all of them. Damn devils

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