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Pope to meet with delegation of Indigenous People of Canada

In a statement on Tuesday,  the Bishops of Canada said that a delegation of Indigenous People is scheduled to meet with the Holy Father from 17 to 20 December 2021, “to foster meaningful encounters of dialogue and healing.”

This announcement comes after a 10 June statement from the Bishops in which they expressed their commitment to engage wholeheartedly with the past and to “take truly meaningful active steps together with Indigenous Peoples in view of a future filled with greater respect and cooperation.”

“The recent discovery of children’s remains at a burial site of a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia, remind us of a tragic legacy still felt today,” the Bishops said.

Therefore, in conversation with indigenous people and communities, both at the local and national levels, and bilaterally with the First Nations, Métis and Inuit national organizations, the Bishops, the sponsors of the initiative, are preparing a delegation to meet with the Pope.

After that discovery in British Colombia, on 24 June the Chief of the Cowessess First Nation, announced the discovery of 751 unmarked graves of mostly Indigenous children at the cemetery of the former Marieval Indian Residential School in the southeast corner of the Saskatchewan province.

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