Prime Minister, Pope Discuss Hot-Button Issues on Residential Schools

‘They discussed the need for the Church to take concrete action to repatriate Indigenous artifacts, provide access to residential schools documents, address the Doctrine of Discovery, and ensure justice for Survivors.’

A News Release from the Office of Canada’s Prime Minister

Posted July 28th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

(This Wednesday, July 27th), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with His Holiness Pope Francisand the Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, at the  Citadelle of Quebec.

Prime Minister Trudeau thanked Pope Francis for visiting Canada to engage with Indigenous Peoples on their ancestral lands, acknowledge the truths about the residential school system, and recognize its painful legacy for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada.

Following the personal apology Pope Francis delivered to Survivors, their families, and communities on Monday, in Maskwacîs, Alberta, the Prime Minister, Pope Francis, and Cardinal Parolin discussed the importance of the Roman Catholic Church’s continued meaningful engagement with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis in advancing healing and reconciliation.

They also discussed the need for the Church to take concrete action to repatriate Indigenous artifacts, provide access to residential schools documents, address the Doctrine of Discovery, and ensure justice for Survivors, including for the Rivoire case.

Pope Francis visits cemetery earlier this July week  where mass burials of Indigenous children took place near former residential school in Alberta

The Prime Minister underlined the Government of Canada’s ongoing commitment to chart a new and better path forward with Indigenous Peoples and everyone in Canada.Prime Minister Trudeau and Pope Francis also discussed unprecedented global challenges, including peace and security in Ukraine and the global impacts of food insecurity, in particular for the world’s most vulnerable.

The Prime Minister and the Secretary of State also exchanged views on issues of mass migration and climate change, and looked forward to further strengthening relations between Canada and the Holy See.

If you need someone to talk to, a National Residential School Crisis Line offers emotional support and crisis referral services for residential school Survivors and their families. Call the toll-free Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419.

This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Hope for Wellness Help Line also offers support to all Indigenous Peoples. Counsellors are available by phone or online chat. This service is available in English and

French, and, upon request, in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut. Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at /www.hopeforwellness.ca/ <https://www.hopeforwellness.ca/>/./

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