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Here are some myths and facts about residential schools:
FACT: One of the main reasons why bands signed treaties with the Queen is so they could have schools. Due to distances and the necessity of an immersed educational and spiritual experience these were residential schools. Bishop Charlebois scolded the Federal government for their tardiness in honouring this clause of the Treaties. He said people signed treaties so they could have schools. Now they won't trust the government and the missionaries if this promise is not kept.
MYTH: Children were educated against the parents' wishes and their religious beliefs.
FACT: An organization gave Bishop Charlebois money to educate pagan children. He wrote them and offered to return the money because all the children they had in Catholic Schools were baptized Catholics and had Catholic parents. Despite the organization's goal to educate pagan children the Bishop did not have to return the money.Prime Minister Macdonald answered questions in the House of Commons and assured members that the religious rights of protestant and Catholic parents were honoured in schools under the Treaties.
MYTH: Children were physically abused in these schools.
FACT: At that time many responsible parents and schoolteachers used corporal discipline. Their right to do so is and was protected under section 266 subsection 43 of the Criminal Code which came into force in 1898 and was retained by the Supreme Court in 2004. So how can the Catholic Church be charged with abuse when their nuns, brothers and priests operated within the law and used disciplinary measures considered appropriate for a wise and judicial parent? If former students can get money for a $60,000 truck or boat and motor because they went to a residential school where they may have got spanked then why can't people get the same because their parent or day school may have used physical discipline?Have no fear Davidson School Unit, you will not be sued because of the two straps I received at Girvin School. I am very thankful that I was allowed to fill my stubborn brain with Marjorie Pickthall, Geometry, Shakespeare and Softball. I am happy to report that I no longer steal coloured chalk and smash, accidentally or otherwise, crock water jugs. And will today's students get money from the government because they went to a school where they can't learn, can't play sports and have drugs pushed on them because there is no discipline or religion to stop the violence and chaos ?
FACT: Residential school students were ill fed and poorly clothed.
MYTH: Children on reserves were often ill fed and poorly clothed., so were children in Montreal tenement houses, in Toronto Irish ghettos, in Newfoundland outback communities and in depression prairie homes and one room schools. Bishop Charlebois spent much of his life begging Ottawa, charities, relatives, religious orders for money to feed and clothe children. The religious, often from wealthy and even titled homes, fished, cooked, planted and harvested and taught others to do the same so the children could be maintained. There was no deprivation that the children had that they did not have. Students received three meals, warmth and neat and adequate clothing at a time when other Canadian, including native, children may have starved.
FACT: Residential schools were a means of cultural genocide taking the children away from their families and communities.
MYTH: Due to the sparse population, the isolation of the fishing sand trapping industry, lack of roads, dangerous and long water routes residency was a necessity. Often only 10 % of the children in a community could have the opportunity or residential schools. When they returned home the values and skills taught would have to influence the community by choice and influence not by coercion of the majorityTrips back home in the middle of the school year were physically impossible. Residential schools were being established in response to Treaties. The Treaties were signed by native groups and the Queen to protect natives from hostile tribes, the selfishness of European entrepreneurs including whisky traders and from conflicts between poor white settlers and poor native nomads. They were signed when natives were being killed like vermin South of the 49th and protected like responsible humans on the "British" ( Canadian ) side. If any Indian leader over forty years old can spell and write " cultural genocide" he or she probably has a residential school teacher to thank.
FACT: Churches have not been given an opportunity to defend themselves in a court or through due process. Lawyers are getting wealthy drumming up business by forms where the name of the school and denomination are changed but the charges are the same. The lawyers invade a community and have helpers like Sister Anne to agitate and propogandize for business. People are sold on the idea of abuse , rewarded with new trucks, and are pressured by others to keep quiet and go along with this massive child abuse scam. Its real purpose is to attack Christianity using and abusing some of the most faithul adherents to Christ's Church.
We would like to thank the late Father Hermann and Bishop
Sutton who made available books and pamphlets about Bishop Charlebois.
They are used in the school's French programme and augment our History
studies. Bishop Charlebois did not have the opportunity ot a residential
school. He and his brother lived in a log shack so they could attend the
day school in their neighbouring village. They ate food brought from home
on Sundays. He was very proud of his residential school students in Duck
Lake, Ile a la Crosse, Sturgeon Lake, Cross Lake and other places. He
said their deportment and ability could be compared favourably with"
whites" in fine Eastern Schools. He was probably very happy that
he who had to miss school or live in a shack through the winter could
provide better for his beloved children of the North- West.Is it any wonder
Pius XII called the Missions of the North- West the Jewel of the Church?
Mrs. Gay Caswell
I became a Catholic
Ever since I said "yes" to Jesus in 1975 I have
been on the way. Why didn't I stop at being just Christian or Pentecostal?
Because that's not all He wrote. I had help from the Bible, God's Word.
Jesus said "Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build My Church
and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Peter was the
first Pope and there has been an unbroken string of popes from 33 A.D.
until today with Pope Benedict XVI . Jesus also says in the Bible that
unless you eat My Body and drink My Blood you have no life in you. As
a Catholic I believe in Jesus being really there in Communion or the Holy
Eucharist that I eat. I need all of Jesus I can get.
That is not the only thing that pointed me to the Catholic
Church. Sometimes I get off track and do wrong, am selfish or unloving.
Jesus provides a way to forgiveness through confession. The priest is
Christ's representative and my sins are forgiven if I make an honest full
confession and do my penance. I don't need to wonder was my prayer clever
enough or did Jesus really listen to me.
God gave us love. He gave us life and marriage and families.
I and the Catholic Church and right thinking people are on His side. This
culture of life and love not only on Earth, but in Heaven, is the only
thing that's worth fighting for. God helps us as the Father, Son and Holy
Spirit. He also directs the Communion of Saints, the holy people like
St. Mary and the other saints and angels in heaven to help us. All we
have to do is ask. With friends like this at my side in the battle I would
not want to be anywhere but in the Roman Catholic Church.
YES, Y0U HAVE A RIGHT
In 1979 was the United Nations Year of the Child. It marked
a growing crescendo of govern-ment measures to make the child the property
of the state not the responsibility of the family. Laurier LaPierre stated
on CBC's "This Hour has Seven Days"The school is not the extension
of the home but the home is the extension of the school."
Does the Bible Say About Homosexuality?
Bill C-250 was passed in Parliament on April 28. Almost all NDP and Liberal candidates voted for it while the Conservatives voted against. The bill changes the section in the Criminal Code on Hate Propaganda to protect homosexuals. It makes "sexual orientation" protected just the same as people of different colour, race, religion, and ethnic origin. This means people can get into trouble if they proclaim or publish verses from the Bible about homosexuality. The Bible calls homosexual acts sinful. Will the Liberals if back in power try to censor God's Word?
Genesis 1:27: And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them.
Genesis 2: 21-24: Then the Lord cast a deep sleep upon Adam:
and when he was fast asleep, he took one of his ribs, and filled up flesh
Genesis 19: the destruction of Sodom story.
Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind, because it is an abomination.
Romans 1:27 And in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error.
I Cor 6:9-10 Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, nor liars with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor rail-ers, nor extortioners shall possess the kingdom of God.
I Tim 1:9-10 Knowing this, that the law is not made for
the just man, but for the unjust and disobedient, for the ungodly, and
for sinners, for the wicked and defiled, for murderers of fathers, and
murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for them who defile
themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons,
and whatever other thing is contrary to sound doctrine.
DISCOVERING MY FAITH
When I was growing up I was put into foster care. So nobody
really taught me about the Bible due to me moving so often. When I was
about ten I started going to Bible School.
I thought about the story for a while but soon forgot about it and got interested in some-thing else. People talked about the Bible in my early teens, but I paid no attention being too busy with girlfriends, school and parties.
Life went on like this until I was sixteen. I was in a serious relationship for about six months. After it was over I had a hard time get-ting over it and was depressed all the time. My sister tried to talk to me but I was so caught up with my feelings that I didn't pay any attention to what she was saying. After awhile I started falling behind in school so I quit.
I started getting into drugs. But this wasn't the first time I used them. I started when I was fourteen. Things went on like this until I moved back to my home town. Things went from bad to worse because people there were drinking mostly everyday and doing drugs. I fit myself into that group and soon started get-ting into fights so I had to deal with the law.
Then one day I was in the basement and was looking in some boxes. I came upon a cer-tain box that contained some books. They were the Bible, the AA book (The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous) and a book on Fatima.
I asked my Mom about the books. She said told me that the
Bible and the AA book were hers but she did not know where the Fatima
book came from.
At first it was hard being the youngest person there. It made me think that the other people there were talking about me behind my back. But then I thought that I was jumping to conclusions and told myself that I was there to begin my healing.
While I was there I learned a lot about drugs and booze. I got to know everybody there. They were all nice people. I got to know a Higher Power and got a better understanding of the Bible.
After I was done my 28 days I went and visited my little brother and sister who are still in foster care. They stay outside of Prince Albert where I once stayed too. A week later I went back home.
It was hard because all my friends were partying and were asking me to go with them but then I remember this was where I had been a month ago. I would be going backwards. I stayed away from them.
Then a friend came up to me and told me that they were going to World Youth Day and asked if I wanted to come. Right away I said "Yes!" I had a feeling that this was the start of something good and on our way I learned how to say the rosary and got to see a lot of things.
When we got to Toronto I felt different. It was like I left every bad thing back home. It felt good. I still really didn't believe in Jesus until we got back home and three months later.
There were apparitions at Ile-a-la-Crosse. I went along with
the same family that took us to World Youth Day. When we got to the home
where the apparitions were taking place we did not see anything but we
did smell roses. That night after we said the Rosary there was an image
of the Virgin Mary. At that point I became a believer. This was proof.
I saw it with my own eyes.
There is more that could be told but this is just the beginning for me. I'll keep on discovering more of my Faith.The end.
Elias was killed Nov. 27, 2003 about 1:30 am. A rosary
and Bible were found under his pillow.
Annual Dené Pilgrimage in Prince Albert
The beautiful sound of "Immaculate Mary" sung in the Dené language resonated through Sacred Heart Cathedral in Prince Albert while elderly women, with covered heads, knelt on the floor. Rosary beads banged against the pews during the stirring Mass said in the native tongue of the Chippewan people.
This was the 3rd Annual Dené Pilgrimage held on March 1st and 2nd which drew Dené from various places of the province. The pilgrimage consisted of Confession, Mass, Laying on of Hands and Adoration as well as fellowship time which was a great opportunity for people to get in touch with old friends or to meet new ones. Fr. Murray Chatlain and Fr. Mégret concelebrated Mass and heard confessions.
Fr. Murray Chatlain, is the priest for the northern communities of Black Lake, Fond-du-Lac and Stoney Rapids came more than 600 miles for the event. Fr. Chatlain, originally from Saskatoon, came to the northern part of the province to serve remote Dené communities and to alleviate the declining num-ber of priests in northern Saskatchewan.
Fr. Mégret had been working among the Dené of northern Saskatchewan for more than 50 years. The school in Wollaston Lake is named after him and his dedication to his work remains a constant inspiration for many.
Mrs. Celine Pearson of Prince Albert has or-ganised these pilgrimages since they began in 2000. "They were started to help bring the Dené people back to their faith," she says, "it is hard for those living in the city to keep their faith because the culture is so different." Some wonder, though, if it will be the native people who will be the example of faith for those in the south.
The native people still carry the roots of the Faith that was taught to them by the missionaries, such as Bishop Charlebois, who evangelized with zeal throughout the north in the 1800's. Lately there seems to be a reawakening of this Faith since the Virgin Mary images have swept across the northern part of the province. Three of the six communities with the phenomena so far are the Dené communities of Fond-du-Lac, Black Lake, and Wollaston Lake where hun-dreds of residents pack churches for Mass and prayer services as a result of the Blessed Mother's visit. The Rosary is still prayed daily at the homes where the Virgin Mary images appear and the affect on the people of these communities is said to be especially evident on the younger generation.
The Dené Pilgrimage was a great spiritual retreat for many who attended. For some from farther north where priests are sparse the sacraments were an appreciated rarity.
Mrs. Pearson already has plans for the Pilgrimage next year.
"I'll leave it all in Mary's hands" she says.
Knee Shall Bow"
When we go into a Catholic Church, Jesus is physically present in the tabernacle. According to tradition and the Bible the tabernacle should be in the centre and front of the Church. In Leviticus it states that the sacrifice should be made in front of the door of the tabernacle (Lev. 3:4). The sacrifice of the Mass is still made in front of the door of the tabernacle. Christianity and the Mass is built on the Judaism of the Old Testament. Thus we enter the Church by kneeling or genouflecting (bending the knee or genou) and crossing our-selves to recognize that our Saviour lives here.
We kneel before and at the consecration, when the priest changes the bread and wine into the actual presence of Jesus Christ. Saint Padre Pio encouraged people to kneel at the entire Mass. Kneeling at the consecration is not optional and cannot be decided locally. The Pope has stated that people MUST kneel.
Most people throughout the world take the bread from the priest to their mouth, not to their hand and then put it in their mouth. Most people still kneel when they receive communion. Altar rails have not been outlawed although people in North America have been led to believe so. The Pope states you have a right to kneel and to take communion by mouth. No one locally can take this from you.
One reason why people took communion by mouth was so they could not take it (or Him), hide Him and desecrate Him through witch craft. This is a growing concern today.
At the time of Jesus' life on earth it was the practice to put the first bite of food into your guest's mouth. It is likely Jesus put the bread into the disciples' mouths not into their hands.
According to Rome lay people are not to pass out communion unless there is no priest nor priests available to do it.
It is not necessary for lay people to take the bread and the wine because the Body contains the blood just as your living body does. There are many incidences of the Host (the bread) spurting blood in Eucharistic Miracles in the past and present.
When Jesus comes again every knee shall bow to Him. For the good of our souls we might as well start now.
"...every knee shall bow...": Isaiah 45:23,
Romans 14:11, Philippians 2:10
New Priest for Northern Saskatchewan
Fr. Murray Chatlain is the new priest in northern Saskatchewan from the Diocese of Saskatoon. He volunteered to be a priest for Fond-du-Lac, Stony Rapids and Black Lake.
Fr. Chatlain was ordained in 1987. He had been working with aboriginal people in the Diocese of Saskatoon for several years. "I felt that the native people really needed to be understood," he said, "I took up studying a native language. For some reason I chose to study the Dené language over Cree." He did a subsidiary period for one year before receiving permission to be a priest for three isolated communities in northern Saskatchewan.
Fr. Chatlain spends two weeks in Fond-du-Lac and then two
weeks in Black Lake. He travels by plane and snowmobile.
Fr. Phaneuf said that it was understood it would be a long-term commitment. "I know the Lord will bless him greatly in his ministry and I can see that Mary is also doing the same thing," he added referring to the images of the Blessed Virgin in Black Lake and Fond-du-Lac.
Fr. Chatlain said, "At one time we had 13 priests working in the Athabasca region alone, some of the first baptisms were from the 1800's. Today, For the whole diocese of Keewatin-Le Pas, there aren't too many priests most of which are over 70. There definitely is a need for priests in the North."
We must continue to pray for more priests in northern Saskatchewan and especially for those working there.Back to list of featured articles.