Why should today’s taxpayers bare the cost of reparations

Dear Editor,

Forty billion dollars!

That’s a lot of money. This is the amount the Canadian Federal Government is planning to put towards reconciling Indigenous people on behalf of all Canadians.

But, who is really to blame for the residential schools?

Sixty-six per cent of respondents to a recent survey say the church is responsible for the tragedies that took place at residential schools in Canada, while 34 per cent say the federal government should be blamed.

Two-thirds of Canadians believe the churches that ran residential schools should bear responsibility for the abuses against children, including deaths, that happened there.

Over more than a century, some 150,000 First Nations, Metis and Inuit children were forcibly sent to government-funded, church-operated schools, where many suffered abuse and even death.

The Catholic Church operated the Kamloops Indian Residential School from 1890 to 1969. The Catholic Church ran the majority of residential schools in Canada, while others were run by the Anglican and United Church of Canada. The Catholic Church as a whole has never issued a formal apology for its role.

I’m asking? Why should today’s taxpayers, mostly individuals, small business people and just a few corporations bare the cost of reparations, when the rich churches, particularly the Catholic Church, are the ones responsible for this dilemma?

Frank Martens

Summerland, BC