Church Apologies and Reconciliation (58-61): Current Problems

Failure in fund-raising efforts


July 6, 2021


Catholic Church

$292M fundraising for Church vs $3.9M for Indian Residential school survivors

CBC – Catholic officials said in 2015 that they could only fundraise a total of $3.9 of the $25M they were asked to fundraise for residential school survivors. However, since signing the landmark Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement in 2005, Canadian Catholic dioceses have either spent or are fundraising $292 million for cathedrals and other church buildings, according to a search of public sources by CBC News

  • Toronto                                           $128M
  • London                                             $30M
  • Montreal                                           $30M
  • Saskatoon                                        $28M
  • Vancouver                                        $24M
  • Saint John                                        $20M
  • Regina                                              $17M
  • Moncton                                              $7M
  • Winnipeg                                             $6M
  • Windsor                                               $4M
  • Halifax                                                 $2M
  • Ottawa                                             $500K

The figure of $292M resulted from searches of individual dioceses’ websites and other public sources. These include a $128M renovation of St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica in Toronto. The 2016 gala opening – complete with a brass band – was held one year after Canadian church groups went to court to say there was no more fundraising money for survivors.

Critics say the financial commitment to residential school survivors was largely forgotten.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops declined a CBC News request this week to ask its member bishops for the information.

According to the Catholic Register (Jan. 6, 2016) – As a result of the Catholic fundraising campaign falling more than 80 per cent short of its goal, a reimbursement has been made to the other church parties to the Settlement Agreement:

  • Anglican Church of Canada: $2.8M to apply to its ongoing Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation, which runs reconciliation projects in remote aboriginal communities across Canada.
  • Presbyterian Church of Canada’s $1.3 million cash payment to apply to Indigenous programming
  • United Church of Canada: $2.2M reimbursement TBD at press time

September 27, 2021


Catholic Church

Bishops of Canada commit to nation-wide collective financial target of $30 million

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops – The Bishops of Canada are making a nation-wide collective financial commitment to support healing and reconciliation initiatives for residential school survivors, their families, and their communities. With a target of $30 million over up to five years, this will include initiatives in every region of the country. The commitment will be achieved at the local level, with parishes across Canada being encouraged to participate and amplify the effort.

Bishop Raymond Poisson, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), expressed hope that these efforts will support meaningful projects across Canada and make a significant difference in addressing the historical and ongoing trauma caused by the residential school system.

https://www.cccb.ca/media-release/canadian-bishops-announce-30m-national-financial-pledge-to-support-healing-and-reconciliation-initiatives/


January 28, 2022


Catholic Church

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops establish a new registered charity

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops – Canada’s Catholic Bishops have agreed to establish a new registered charity to support and advance healing and reconciliation initiatives. The charity is expected to manage the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund, which will accept contributions from 73 dioceses across Canada in order to fulfill the $30 million financial commitment made by Canada’s Bishops in September. The Indigenous Reconciliation Fund will be managed with financial measures in place to ensure transparency and good governance.

The fund will publish annual reports and will be subject to an audit by an independent accounting firm each year. Any administrative costs will be on top of the $30 million being raised and will not be deducted from this principal amount. While specific disbursement guidelines will be informed by additional input from Indigenous partners, we intend the funds to contribute to the following priorities:

  • Healing and reconciliation for communities and families;
  • Culture and language revitalization;
  • Education and community building; and
  • Dialogues for promoting indigenous spirituality and culture.

https://nationtalk.ca/story/canadas-bishops-announce-indigenous-reconciliation-fund-to-support-projects-across-canada


January 6, 2016


Catholic Church

Reimbursements to other Church Parties

Catholic Register – As a result of the Catholic fundraising campaign falling more than 80 per cent short of its goal, a reimbursement has been made to the other church parties to the Settlement Agreement:

  • Anglican Church of Canada: $2.8M to apply to its ongoing Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation, which runs reconciliation projects in remote aboriginal communities across Canada.
  • Presbyterian Church of Canada’s $1.3 million cash payment to apply to Indigenous programming
  • United Church of Canada: $2.2M reimbursement TBD at press time

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