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Statement on Jean Vanier

February 26, 2020

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The Regina Catholic District School Division is shaken by the reports of sexual abuse that have surfaced about Jean Vanier. We are praying for the victims who came forward, and all victims of abuse, as well as the L'Arche communities who are hurting.

While we are shocked and saddened by this revelation, we are committed to live out our Gospel values by embodying the spirit of love, faith, hope and inclusion within each of our school communities. 

Over the next few months, we will begin conversations with the school community of Jean Vanier School. We will also consult with the Archdiocese of Regina. It is our hope these conversations will give us a clear idea of what, if any, changes are needed within the school division. While Jean Vanier is mentioned in Catholic Studies and Elementary Religion Program, he is not a main focus. Teaching staff will be asked to not use the small portions of content referring to him until further decisions are made.