Despite millions in Catholic residential schools reparations, critics seek to end church tax exemptions

Catholic entities had committed tens of millions of dollars in legal settlements for their involvement in the Canadian government’s historic residential schools campaign forcibly to assimilate indigenous people, even before the rediscovery of graves and cemeteries at the former schools made headlines, renewed the grief of affected communities, and possibly inspired several church burnings.

There are reports about whether the involved Catholic entities made adequate compensation, and questions about a Catholic fundraising effort for residential school survivors that fell short by some $20 million.

Such concerns appear to motivate a change.org petition launched by David Thomason, described by CBC News as a longtime worker in the charitable sector who himself is not indigenous.

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