How Far did the Pope’s Canadian Apology to First Nations Go?
FEATURING LORI CAMPBELL - Pope Francis last week paid an historic visit to Canada, appearing in person in Maskwacis in Central Alberta to apologize for the role of the Catholic Church in perpetuating the horrors and abuses of the residential school system that separated countless First Nations children from their parents and their culture.
Although his speech was apologetic, it did not show remorse on behalf of the Catholic Church as an institution. He said, “I ask forgiveness, in particular, for the ways in which many members of the church and of religious communities co-operated … in projects of cultural destruction and forced assimilation promoted by the governments of that time, which culminated in the system of residential schools.”
Read Lori's story in The Conversation entitled, “I survived the ’60s Scoop. Here’s why the Pope’s apology isn’t an apology at all.”
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