The AFNQL asks the Catholic Church, as an institution and represented by Pope Francis, to present an official apology on their ancestral territories
WENDAKE, QC, July 25, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – While Pope Francis’ visit to Canada begins, the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) questions Bishop’s intentions Raymond FishPresident of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), who told Le Devoir the July 23, 2022that “the apologies have already been made [at the Vatican]. He added that the Canadian delegation to Rome last April “was the place where the Pope was able to listen with intimacy, humility and human warmth to the testimonies of the survivors” and that the trip to Canada is “another step.”
These remarks were made a few days before the meeting that the survivors had been waiting for thirty years. It is important to remember that the Catholic Church remains the only congregation that has yet to issue a direct apology to survivors to contribute to their individual healing, and to the collective healing of Indigenous peoples, for the wrongs suffered over more than a century under residential rule. School system.
For the AFNQL, the visit of Canada is an opportunity for the Catholic Church, as an institution, to offer a genuine apology and allow all those who need to hear it to begin their healing process with the respect they deserve. Thousands of people will come to Saint Anne-de-Beaupré in the next few days in the hope of receiving an apology from the pope in person. Both the delegation of indigenous peoples received at the Vatican last April and the survivors insist on the importance of an apology to be delivered on their ancestral territories, in their presence.
“Indigenous communities do not travel hundreds or even thousands of miles to attend a celebration. They will do so to receive an apology for the physical, psychological and spiritual abuse they have suffered over generations. The visit will be a failure if the survivors, who have only had a few weeks to organize their trip to Quebec, do not hear the apologies of Pope Francis himself,” declared the leader of the AFNQL. Ghislain Picard.
“We salute the efforts of Pope Francis to make this trip a priority. Only survivors can accept apologies and decide to forgive. This will determine whether this visit will go down in the history books or not,” Grand Chief Mandy said. Gull-Masty of the Cree Nation Government.
About the AFNQL
The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador is the regional political organization that brings together the 43 Chiefs of Quebec and Labrador. www.apnql.com/fr
SOURCE Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador
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