Missing Children and Burial Information (71-76): Current Problems

Catholic organizations refusal to hand over records


June 6, 2021


Catholic Church

Missionary Oblates commit to handing over residential school records

Toronto Star – The Missionary of Oblates of Mary Immaculate “says it will disclose all historical documents in its possession… They operated 48 schools in Canada, including the Marieval IRS and the Kamloops IRS…In the statement, the Oblates said the work is not complete because of complications with provincial and national privacy laws.


March 19, 2022


Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate open up Rome archives to National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

CBC – Raymond Frogner, head of archives for the NCTR, will be visiting the Rome archives of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate to review and digitize residential school-related records. He said the NCTR is still negotiating with the Oblates to access the personnel files of priests and residential school staff. He said the Oblates are seeking restrictions around records from those members who are still alive.

In a previous update on June 6, 2021 (Toronto Star), the Oblates who operated 48 schools in Canada said the work is not complete because of complications with provincial and national privacy laws.


June 5, 2021


Catholic Church

Resistance of Missionary Oblates to release residential school records

Toronto Star – The federal government, so far, has refused to legally compel the Catholic Church to release all documents relating the residential school system. The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate who operated the Kamloops Residential School “have yet to release any records about the Kamloops school. The Catholic order, which ran about 47% of Canada’s residential schools, says it has released some records while retaining control over others, claiming privacy or historical inaccuracies. 


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