Indigenous delegation pursues residential school ‘apology … on our lands’ from Pope Francis – CBC

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Indigenous delegation pursues residential school ‘apology … on our lands’ from Pope Francis – CBC

by ahnationtalk on October 15, 2021102 Views

Oct 15, 2021

Dene National Chief Norman Yakeleya will join the delegation to Rome

When Dene National Chief Norman Yakeleya left residential school in Inuvik, he never imagined the prospect that in adulthood, he would have the chance to ask the Pope for a formal apology for survivors.

“As a former residential school survivor, this step of receiving an invitation from the pope for [the church’s] role in administering residential schools in Canada, in the Northwest Territories, is overwhelming,” said Yakeleya.

“I left [residential school] with the thought in my mind from the abuses that I suffered. I said to myself, they got away with it,” he said.

“Today is different. Today, we know that the only thing we’ve got is our truth.”

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/rome-delegation-apology-1.6211587

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