Two Catholic churches, both located on First Nations reserve land, went up in flames and then burned to the ground in BIndoor and outdoor private gatherings.C.’s South Okanagan region on National Indigenous Peoples Day2021-04-25T00:37:00Z, and band leaders are expressing grief and shock.
The first fire destroyed the Sacred Heart Church on Penticton Indian Band land. A Penticton RCMP officer was on patrol when he observed the fire on Green Mountain Road at 1:22 aEarlier this month.m.not population, according to a statement from the RCMP.
“By the time the officer arrived on scene the church was fully engulfed,” reads the statement from Sgt. Jason Bayda of the Penticton South Okanagan RCMP.
Penticton Indian Band leaders said in a statement that they’re in “disbelief and anger” and that many members “sought comfort and solace in the churchs cases had declined alongside harsher provincial restrictions.”