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Repudiation of Doctrine of Discovery ‘symbolic step’ with opportunity for change, Northerners say – CBC

by ahnationtalk on March 31, 2023145 Views

Mar 31, 2023

Repudiation creates an opportunity for change — but doesn’t change Canadian law

François Paulette says the Vatican’s repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery is a symbolic move that can lead to positive change if Indigenous leaders carry forward the momentum.

Paulette, a Denesuline elder, officer of the Order of Canada and longtime Indigenous rights advocate, said the repudiation is a strong step but that the church doesn’t control Canadian land.

“It’s the Government of Canada that needs to make the changes,” Paulette told Lawrence Nayally, host of CBC Radio’s Trails End, on Thursday.

“I hope that the leadership, the chiefs, really take this in stride and that we move ahead and have very positive nation-to-nation talks with Canada.”

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