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Residential school survivors across Denendeh preparing for Pope’s visit – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on July 20, 2022114 Views

Jul 19, 2022

Martina Norwegian remembers the positive impact the 1987 Papal visit had in her community of Łiidlı̨ı̨ Kųé, Northwest Territories – and she’s hoping Indigenous communities will experience the same when Pope Francis arrives.

“I always feel like we have to walk parallel and that’s one of the things that my father always said is that ‘you know, like a lot of times we don’t agree, but we still have to live together and we still have to walk parallel if we don’t agree, to try to understand,’” said Norwegian, a survivor of the Lapointe Hall and Bompas Hall schools.

She’s also a faith keeper – involved in the Sacred Heart Church since 1995 and steps in to deliver church services when the priests aren’t available.

Norwegian will travel to Alberta to see the Pope on this visit.

She’s part of a delegation of 40 people attending the visit and supported by the MacKenzie Fort Smith diocese.

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