204-623-6152 chancery@keepas.ca

Archival Issue

Dear All,

I wanted to clarify an issue with our archives.  Back in 2014, the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas submitted a copy of all residential school archival files to the NCTR that we knew of.

In June 2021, a member of the Archdiocesan staff found a box of files that contained a few Residential School lists.

We immediately contacted NCTR and met with them in October 2021 where we agreed to have the files digitized and passed on to them, following their required procedures. I thought the files had been passed on to NCTR at that time. We only realized the digitalized files had not been received by them this September and on October 3 we met again with NCTR. NCTR needed a metadata sheet to be created before they could receive the digitalized files. This was finally accomplished by one of the NCTR staff on November 6. We are sorry that it took this long for these last few files. We will continue to work with NCTR.

We are also looking at developing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the NCTR and the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas to access some of our sacramental records or other areas of our archives that could be helpful.

We will continue to work with Bands and families as we work at reconciliation over this painful part of our history.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Archbishop Murray Chatlain

Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas


Dear all,

Below you will find a letter from myself, a copy of the Apology to Indigenous Peoples from all the Bishops of Canada, and a statement about a commitment to fund raising. 

I wanted you to have this by September 30 so that you know how the Catholic Church is trying to respond to and participate in healing and reconciliation in our country today. 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Archbishop Murray Chatlain

June 4, 2021 Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas Statement

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