Thousands of Canadians marched on Sunday to call for action after hundreds of children’s remains were found at a Catholic residential school for Indigenous students last month.
Protesters chanted and played drums in cities like Toronto.
Some dressed in native clothes.
The remains of more than 200 Indigenous children were found at Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia in May.
Although the school closed in 1978, it was part of a system that forcibly separated Indigenous children from their homes.
One protester was a Kamloops school alumnus.
âWe must appeal to the government, but also our allies and our settlers on this land must learn about Canada’s history. That is why we unite today for this message. To bring back our ancestors who are buried. “
Most of the residential schools were run by the Catholic Church on behalf of the government.
Although on Sunday Pope Francis said he was saddened by the news and called for respect for indigenous peoples, he stopped before the direct apology some Canadians have been asking for.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said earlier this weekend that the Catholic Church must take responsibility for its role.