The Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon announced that it has contributed $300,000 towards a national $25 million fund to compensate Natives who were sexually and physically abused in residential schools that the denomination ran on behalf of the Government of Canada.

Statements from the diocese said its 50 congregations and clergy members were able to do something positive to show the victims they really do care what happened to them.

Appeals are also being filed by victims’ lawyers and Ottawa of a ruling made by Justice T.F. McMahon, of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, that said the Anglican Church could not be held liable for damages in the abuse suits in the province because the residential schools were run by the Missionary Society of the Anglican Church and not the church itself.