"First Nations leaders are condemning a Catholic priest from Alberta accused of referring to the reports of an unmarked graveyard at the Kamloops residential school as a “huge lie.”
Rev. Marcin Mironiuk is also accused of travelling to Kamloops, failing to disclose his status as a Catholic priest and attempting to gain access to the grave site.
On May 27, the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc band announced it had located 215 unmarked graves near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. The announcement sparked a national dialogue and led to a number of similar statements from First Nations across Canada.
In a joint statement from Tk’emlups te Secwepemc and the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, Mironiuk’s actions were described as racist."