Audrey Kobayashi, expert in cultural geography is available to discuss the Catholic Church’s efforts to bridge the gap with Canada’s native community.
Dr. Kobayashi explains that research on residential schools has found some Protestant churches have opened their archives, but the Catholic Church refuses to provide any information from their records on the experiences of first nations children in Catholic residential schools. “An eventual apology – from the highest possible authority in the Catholic Church – while probably a symbolic gesture would go a long way towards legitimating the experiences of the residential school survivors.”
A Queen’s Research Chair and professor of cultural and social geography, Dr. Kobyashi examines the ways societies create landscapes where significant interactions among people take place. She is also Queen’s resident expert in race and culture.
To arrange an interview with Dr. Kobayashi contact Molly Kehoe, firstname.lastname@example.org, 613.533.2877, or Alissa Clark, email@example.com, 613.533.6000 ext 77513, Queen's News & Media Services.