Reconciliation needs to address Canada’s history of spiritual abuse – IRPP

by ahnationtalk on November 29, 2021181 Views

November 29, 2021

The Catholic Church treated Indigenous spiritual practices as inferior to Christian ones. Now it must apologize for its abuse.

The first time I ever heard of the term spiritual abuse was during a therapy session. As an intergenerational survivor of the Canadian Indian residential school system and the notorious Sixties Scoop, I thought I had managed to discuss just about every type of violence in my ongoing therapy sessions. Spiritual abuse, however, was a novel concept. Gradually, my understanding of the term helped provide me with a much-needed vocabulary that I used to better understand my and my family’s relationships to the past. The words “God wanted this to happen” took on a greater meaning and purpose when considering how spiritual abuse operated within the broader context of settler-colonial Canada.

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