Letter: Former Kamloops MP suggests class-action suit against churches, federal government


As a former MP who represented Kamloops, I increasingly feel ashamed by the information being revealed of the story behind the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

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I was a charter faculty member at Cariboo College, teaching during the college's first year located in the former residential school building. We knew nothing of the school's loathsome past. I studied Canadian history and B.C. history at UBC, where the horrible history of the residential schools was never mentioned.

As for action now, I suggest the the parents of the dead students and parents of past students file a class-action suit against the churches involved and the federal government and demand financial compensation, including an apology from Pope Francis.

Such evilness associated with the residential school horror now demands action.

Nelson Riis


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