Prince George’s Catholic Church Vandalized Again, RCMP Says
VANCOUVER – A Catholic church in Prince George has been vandalized, and not for the first time, according to the local RCMP detachment.
The latest case of vandalism at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Patricia Boulevard occurred between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 1 a.m. Wednesday, according to a press release from the Prince George RCMP.
Police said they were made aware of the graffiti that had been spray painted on the church’s entrance doors shortly before 4 a.m. on Wednesday.
Officers who responded saw the phrase “Every Child M” painted on the doors, police said. The phrase probably seems to be the beginning of the slogan “Every Child Counts,” which has been used widely in solidarity with Indigenous communities in British Columbia and across Canada as First Nations continue to find anonymous graves on the ground. old boarding schools.
For most of their history, residential schools in Canada have been run by Christian churches – including the Catholic Church – on behalf of the federal government.
Schools were known for their overcrowding, poor sanitation, unsanitary food, and menial labor. Severe punishments were inflicted on students who spoke their mother tongue or participated in traditional ceremonies.
“Every Child Counts” was also painted outside Knox United Church in July, and several other acts of vandalism have been committed at Sacred Heart and other churches in the city since June, according to RCMP .
Police released summaries of 10 such incidents in five different churches in Prince George last week and asked the public for help in identifying suspects in some cases.
“Police continue to proactively patrol places of worship in Prince George to combat ongoing vandalism,” the RCMP said in its latest statement Thursday. “In addition, some churches have taken the added step of hiring private security services to conduct their own patrols.”
Mounted police are asking anyone with information about the most recent incident at the Sacred Heart Cathedral or any of the other acts of vandalism in the city’s churches to call them at 250-561-3300.
Prince George is not the only place where churches have been the target of vandalism and arson this summer.
Several interior First Nations reserve churches were burnt down in late June and early July, and Metro Vancouver police also reported a number of incidents.