Pope Francis apologizes for the Catholic Church's involvement in the residential school system

If you are a former residential school student in distress, or have been affected by the residential school system and need help, you can contact the 24-hour Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419, or the Indian Residential School Survivors Society toll free line at 1-800-721-0066.

Pope Francis has made an official apology to a group of Indigenous delegates for the Catholic Church's role in Canada's residential school system and asked for forgiveness.

Following private meetings between Pope Francis and First Nations, Inuit and Metis delegates this week, all parties met the Pope at the Vatican on Friday.

In Italian, the pontiff asked for God's forgiveness for the "deplorable conduct" of members of the Catholic Church, recognizing the wrongs done to Indigenous people in residential schools.

In addition to his formal apology, Pope Francis will be travelling to Canada "in the days" around the Feast of Saint Anne, which falls on July 26 and is dedicated to Christ's grandmother.

Cassidy Caron is the Metis National Council President and spoke to media about the apology:

Natan Obed is the president of the national Inuit representative organization and shared his thoughts on the news:

Gerald Antoine is the elected Dene Nation National Chief and shared his thoughts on the news.

Additional mental-health support and resources for Indigenous people are available here.




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