The Canadian prime minister has called on the Catholic Church to take responsibility for the operation of a boarding school where the remains of 215 indigenous children were discovered.
If necessary, he said, his government will sue for the release of the documents. Rosanne Casimir, head of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation in the western province of British Columbia, called for a public apology from the Vatican.
Earlier, U.N. human rights experts had called on the Ottawa government and the Vatican to do everything possible to clarify the background.
The boarding school there was one of numerous re-education camps for indigenous girls and boys in Canada. It operated between 1890 and 1969, so the experts also called on the Canadian government to conduct similar investigations at other indigenous schools.