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Dean Dettloff is America's Toronto correspondent and a junior member of the Institute for Christian Studies.
A woman embraces her daughter during a rally at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in Kamloops, British Columbia, June 6, 2021. The remains of 215 children, some as young as three years old, were detected by ground-penetrating radar found at the site in May. (CNS photo/Chris Helgren, Reuters)
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The discovery of the unmarked graves of First Nations' children led to renewed calls for a papal apology in Canada to respond to the legacy of residential schools and revived questions about the church’s role in colonialism in Canada.
Ismael Moreno, S.J., (center) the director of Radio Progreso/Fundación Eric, joins demonstrators in El Progreso, Honduras, protesting the election of President Juan Orlando Hernandez in January 2018. Funding from Canada's Development and Peace agency for his media and human rights ministry had been in doubt. Photo by Kevin Clarke
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Canada’s bishops remain committed to the success of Development and Peace “as a Canadian, Catholic organization in communion with the Bishops and the universal Church”
Homeless camp set up in park in middle of University Avenue in downtown Toronto by the Court House during Covid-19 pandemic on April 3, 2020.
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When some people without housing opted to sleep outside in tents rather than accept the heightened risk at the shelters, 28-year-old carpenter Khaleel Seivwright came up with a creative solution to help them.
Sts. Paul and Peter Catholic Church in Baie-Saint-Paul, near Quebec City. (CNS photo/Philippe Vaillancourt, Presence)
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“A prophetic church like [the one sought by Pope Francis], highlighting social justice and solidarity with the destitute and the persecuted, has the potential of closing the chasm between the church and the modern, secular culture of Quebec.”
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“The church cannot withdraw from the field of charity.”
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Scarboro missionaries in Canada are known for living the Gospel and contributing powerfully to social justice efforts in some of the most impoverished regions of the world.
People march during a protest against racial inequality and police brutality in Montreal on June 7. (CNS photo/Christinne Muschi, Reuters)
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Demonstrations in Ottawa and other communities protested Floyd’s killing, but they also called attention to the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, a 29-year-old Indigenous-Black Canadian woman who fell to her death from a Toronto high rise.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the University of Alberta in Edmonton in January. (CNS photo/Candace Elliott, Reuters) 
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Among the emergency provisions are increases to family benefits, a six-month interest-free pause on student loans and a biweekly payment of $900 for sick or laid-off workers without employment insurance or sick leave.
Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario members working in the Ottawa-Carleton, Toronto, Toronto Catholic and York Region District School Boards take part in a one-day full withdrawal of services strike on Jan. 20. Photo courtesy of E.T.F.O.-Ontario.
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The job actions, which come alongside strikes by other teachers’ unions across the province, reflect a new breaking point in relations between public educators and the Progressive Conservative government of Ontario, led by Premier Doug Ford.
Royal North West Mounted Police operations in Winnipeg General Strike, 1919; turning left on William Street towards City Hall, shortly before firing into the crowd.
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This year marks an opportunity for Canadian Protestants to remember a time when they were deeply embedded in the labor movement. It also marks a labor anniversary important for Catholics in Canada. In 1949, miners walked off the job in dangerous asbestos mines in Quebec.