Pope Francis will visit the Treaty Six Territory of Maskwacis, Alberta.
This is a pivotal moment for the world to witness and understand the impacts of the intergenerational traumas suffered by indigenous people in the residential school systems in Canada and around the World. This is an important step towards reconciliation for everyone to be a part of, to collaborate for a true sense of truth and reconciliation.
On June 27, the Maskwacis Chiefs held a press conference to welcome the news from the Vatican. Chief Randy Ermineskin, Chief Vernon Saddleback, Chief Desmond Bull and Coun. Chase McDougall (representing Chief Leonard Standing on the Road) were in attendance (watch the video above).
The Papal visit is focusing on the theme of “Walking Together” with an emphasis on Indigenous participation. At this visit, Pope Francis will deliver an official apology on Canadian soil on behalf of the Catholic Church for its role in the Indian Residential System.
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