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VIDEO: Chief Littlechild and Archbishop Smith's Statement on Kamloops and Reconciliation

Chief J. Wilton "Willie" Littlechild and Archbishop Richard Smith met this week in Maskwacis, and are offering this joint statement on the Kamloops Residential School discovery, and on reconciliation.

Chief Littlechild is a former Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations. He was also a commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a member of the 1977 Indigenous delegation to the United Nations, and worked on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He is a recipient of the Order of Canada, Alberta Order of Excellence, and Queens Counsel.

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FULL INTERVIEW: Chief Wilton "Willie" Littlechild with Archbishop Smith on reconciliation

Exclusive interview with Chief Wilton "Willie" Littlechild and Archbishop Richard Smith on reconciliation.

Chief Littlechild, former Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations, attended 3 different residential schools over a span of 14 years. 

He was also a commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a member of the 1977 Indigenous delegation to the United Nations, and worked on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

He is a recipient of the Order of Canada, Alberta Order of Excellence, and Queens Counsel.

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Archbishop's Letter on Kamloops 215

We must acknowledge the role played by Catholic organizations in the residential school system. I recall my own testimony to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, given on behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories:

“We apologize to those who experienced sexual and physical abuse in residential schools under Catholic administration. We also express our apology and regret for Catholic participation in government policies that resulted in children being separated from their families, and often suppressed Aboriginal culture and language at the residential schools.”

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Archdiocese announces expanded restrictions

We look forward to the time when we can all worship together, in person. Respecting these restrictions will get our community to that point sooner rather than later. To promote consistency and hopefully avoid as much confusion as possible, the following restrictions will be in effect in all parishes of the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton regardless of regions and number of cases in regions.

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Lac Ste Anne Pilgrimage 2021 to take place online

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and following upon the counsel of Alberta Health Services, the Board of Trustees of the Lac Ste Anne Pilgrimage Site has unanimously taken the decision to hold the 2021 pilgrimage virtually, as was done in 2020. The pilgrimage this year will not take place in person.

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VIDEO: Easter offers all of us a message of extraordinary hope

“The Lord is Risen!” is the acclamation of all Christians at Easter.

Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith said there’s a risk of taking for granted the message of extraordinary, sure hope that is contained in those words.

Over the past year as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re looking for signs of hope. However, it is nowhere near the explosive potential in those words “The Lord is Risen”. All that Christ asks of us is that we have faith in Him and the untold power of his love.

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Video: World Day of the Sick

Archbishop Richard W. Smith shares his message on this year's World Day of the Sick, which will take place on February 11, 2021.

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Archbishop Smith's Letter of Condolences to the Iranian Community

To our dear friends in the Iranian communities of Edmonton: I am writing to offer my most profound condolences and prayers, and those of the entire Catholic community of our Archdiocese, who join me in expressing deep, deep sadness for the tragic loss of life that has taken place in the plane crash near Tehran.

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Funeral arrangements for Archbishop Joseph MacNeil

Memorial services for Archbishop MacNeil will begin Thursday at St. Joseph Basilica; funeral at noon Friday.

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Canadian bishops witness Lebanon’s message: show your faith and work together

“So there is a wonderful message there, that faiths can indeed work together. It’s not easy, you have to work at it, but what is uniting them all in that particular corner of the world, is a united love for their country and a desire to make this work.”

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