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Pope Francis Apologizing on Monday for the role of the Roman Catholic Church in residential schools, saying many Christians supported colonization indigenous People. He made the remarks at the former site of the Erminskin Indian Residential School in the community of Maskawasis, south of Edmonton.

Here are some reactions to the historical apology:

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,Pope Francis’ words today and this spring in Rome represent a journey that has taken more than 180 years _ since the doors of these so-called schools opened to the challenges that First Nations people live in today. By asking for forgiveness for past abuses, Pope Francis has helped open the door for victims and their families to walk with the Church to the present and future of forgiveness and healing. I accept and choose this path.” – Former Assembly of First State Chief Phil Fontaine, who attended two Manitoba residential schools

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“Every survivor will choose how they feel about the apology. We have seen the Pope’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to action number 58_ and heard a message of hope for our people, Canadians and Catholics around the world: First Nations cultures, languages ​​and traditions matter. This message will help lead us all on the road to reconciliation. — AFN regional chief Cindy Woodhouse

“It has been more than a year since more than a thousand unmarked graves of children were discovered on the grounds of an Indian residential school, and we are still mourning them. An apology does not ease the pain of the lost children who never returned home, or the legacy First Nations took as survivors, their children, and their grandchildren. However, we encourage the Church to move forward in a spirit of reconciliation, pursuing solid commitments and genuine compensation.” – Cornell McLean, Acting Chief of the Manitoba House of Chiefs

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Indigenous community leader reacts to Pope’s arrival in Canada

Indigenous community leader reacts to Pope’s arrival in Canada

“The Holy Father’s apology will remove some of the darkness that the Indian residential school experience reflects. Missing children will be accepted with the utmost respect and care, following the wishes of their families, as each circumstance requires. ” – Elder Harvey Nepinck, residential school survivor who witnessed an apology from Dauphin, Man.

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“Government policy of residential schools, in which churches participate, has created deep wounds that do not heal easily or quickly. Yet we have preserved our culture of indigenous peoples in the Maskawasis, as well as those of Catholics and other Canadians. Saw both the truthfulness of the people and the goodwill of reconciliation. — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney

“The Catholic Church and government worked together in harm and crime, and they should work together to ensure that the harm caused to indigenous peoples is addressed in meaningful ways. To cooperate and survive the ongoing investigation. Providing all the documents requested by survivors, police and local governments does little that the church and the federal government can do for indigenous peoples.” – Federal NDP Crown-Indigenous relations critic Lori Idlout

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“This is an important first step toward reconciliation and reconciliation of the intergenerational trauma residential schools have had on indigenous people in Turtle Island. After unsuccessful attempts and a lack of will, it is time for the Catholic Church to help individuals and communities heal. Make necessary investments for – Congress National Chief of the Aboriginal Peoples Elmer St. Pierre

“I believe today was a very good second start, because I believe it started long ago when the leaders of the day, before I was around, asked for the same things was.” –Audrey Poitras, president of Metis Nation, Alberta

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