Nearly 100 Canadian churches have been vandalized or burned down since 2021

Nearly 100 Canadian churches have been vandalized or burned down since 2021

Nearly 100 Canadian churches have been burned or vandalized since 2021.

As of January 2, 2024, 96 churches across Canada have been attacked since media claims of unmarked graves at residential schools in 2021, according to a map created by independent media outlet True North.

Most of the attacks took place in Western Canada, primarily Alberta and British Columbia. Kamloops, British Columbia is where the claim of unmarked graves first emerged.

Four of the 96 churches were burned in December. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are still searching for the arsonists.

On December 20, RCMP were called to put out a fire at Seventh Day Adventist Church in a town about 70 kilometers northeast of Calgary. The church was “fully engulfed in flames.”

The arson attack came just days after St. Gabriel Catholic Mission in Janvier, Alberta was burned to the ground. RCMP confirmed that they are searching for the arsonists.

Earlier the same month, two historic Christian churches in Canada were intentionally set on fire in what police said were suspected acts of arson.

According to the RCMP, St. Aidan’s Church – known as Glenreagh Church – and Pioneer Church, a United Church, both in Barrhead, a town 120 miles northwest of Alberta’s capital Edmonton, were destroyed by arson within only two hours of each other on the evening of December 7.

In 2021 and 2022, the mainstream media ran with inflammatory and dubious claims that hundreds of children were buried and disregarded by Catholic priests and nuns who ran some of the schools. 

Despite the church burnings, the federal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has done nothing substantial to bring those responsible to justice or to stem the root cause of the burnings. 

Instead, a little over a month ago, Liberal and NDP Members of Parliament (MPs) struck down a Conservative Party of Canada motion that would have condemned incidents of church burnings and acts of vandalism.