No Apology Yet: Pope Francis to Meet with Canadian Indigenous Leaders in December
July 1, 2021
OTTAWA, Canada - Whether or not Pope Francis will apologize to the Indigenous people of Canada for recently discovered graves that contain the remains of children who attended residential schools that were operated by the Catholic church will remain a mystery until at least December.
On Tuesday, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops announced Indigenous leaders will visit the Vatican between Dec. 17 and 20 to meet with Pope Francis. They said the meeting will "foster meaningful encounters of dialogue and healing."
The announcement comes in the wake of announcements of the discovery of graves at two Canadian Indian residentials schools. In late May the discovery of the remains of 215 children in unmarked graves at a former residential school site in Kamloops, which is located in the southeastern region of British Columbia was announced. Then, on last Thursday, Chief Cadmus Delorme of the Cowessess First Nation announced the discovery of as many as 751 unmarked graves at the former Marieval Indian Residential School in the province of Saskatchewan, about 1600 kilometers from Kamloops.