In addition to the apology, the Indigenous leaders plan to ask Pope Francis for the release of all records that relate to the residential schools, and for the return of any Indigenous items from Canada that the Vatican may possess in its archives.
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Pope Francis expressed sorrow at the discovery of Indigenous children’s graves in an Angelus address in June, but did not issue a formal apology.
Over 4,700 individual books, comprised of several hundred titles, were removed from the shelves or put under review due to alleged outdated, incorrect, or inappropriate depictions of indigenous people.
The New Brunswick rules apply to those 12 and older seeking to attend “indoor organized gatherings,” including weddings, funerals, conferences, workshops and parties, excepting parties at a private dwelling.
There has been a spate of Catholic and Christian church burnings in Canada, following the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at the sites of former Catholic-run residential schools for Indigenous children.
First Nations Leaders Announce More Than 160 Unmarked Graves Found at Former Catholic-Run Residential School
The Kuper Island Industrial School operated from 1890 until 1975 in British Columbia.
Archbishop Marcel Damphousse apologized June 17 and requested a formal apology by Pope Francis.
Retired Calgary Bishop: Canadian Government Must Own ‘Primary’ Responsibility for Abuses of Indigenous
“Primary responsibility must be owned by the federal government,” Bishop Henry said in response to the recent discovery of unmarked graves of Indigenous children at a former Catholic-run residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia.