Magazine article Anglican Journal

Church Recognizes Former Schools Workers

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Church Recognizes Former Schools Workers

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In a presentation marked by expressions of pain and forgiveness, a former teacher in native residential schools, Bernice Logan, and Archbishop John Clarke of Athabasca said many men and women who worked in Indian residential schools were not abusers and faithfully answered their church's call.

Ms. Logan showed an amateur film of a boys' hockey team's trip to Switzerland, noting that the boys spoke English, French and Cree and were accompanied by clergy. "Evil deeds done by some must never negate the good work done by others," she said. The Anglican church has been the target of lawsuits alleging physical and sexual abuse in the schools and some former staff have been convicted and imprisoned for crimes against students.

Archbishop Clarke said former workers "are bearing an awful mantle of guilt as the result of litigation and the sin of a few. One woman said, 'My church has made me feel dirty.'" He introduced a resolution--subsequently approved--that acknowledged the dedication of teachers, supervisors and support staff, including native people. …

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