Trudeau asks Pope Francis to apologise for schools

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has asked Pope Francis to apologise for the role of the Catholic Church in a Canadian school system where indigenous children were abused for decades.

The PM met the pontiff at the Vatican on Monday as part of his trip to Italy for the G7 summit.

The residential schools were set up from the 1880s to take children from their families and assimilate them into mainstream Canadian society.

The last one closed in 1996.

“I told him how important it is for Canadians to move forward on real reconciliation with the indigenous peoples and I highlighted how he could help by issuing an apology,” Mr Trudeau told reporters after meeting the pope.

He said he had invited the pontiff to make the apology in Canada.

Some 150,000 aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their families, and sent to live in church-run boarding schools where they were forbidden to speak their language or practise their own culture.

Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission has called for a papal apology, as part of the healing process for survivors.

Although the Vatican has not commented on Mr Trudeau’s request, it confirmed the talk was “cordial” and lasted about 36 minutes. It said the conversation “focused on the themes of integration and reconciliation, as well as religious freedom and current ethical issues” but did not mention an apology directly.



“Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission has called for a papal apology, as part of the healing process for survivors.”

an apology will open the door for $$$..

“Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has asked Pope Francis to apologise”

will he?


~ by seeker401 on June 1, 2017.

7 Responses to “Trudeau asks Pope Francis to apologise for schools”


    A chilling wind stirred the magnificent autumn forests where the two rivers meet as the Dene Elders with faces etched deep gathered to witness the second coming of the Father of Fathers. It was September 1987, and Pope John Paul 11 was revisiting far northern community of Fort Simpson, a previous appearance three years before thwarted by fog. The Native Elders were among the more than 5,000 aboriginals who had traveled for days, some for weeks, mostly in rusting pickups, but many by canoe, all to catch a glimpse of the Pope. The more I talk to them the more I wondered why they had bothered. Almost everyone I interviewed had horror stories of Indian residential schools run by Roman Catholic missionaries and other churches. Through tears they talked of literally being torn away from theirfamilies as young children, isolated far away in church-run boarding schools, and subjected to years of emotions, physical and sexual abuse. “I was only six years old when the priests loaded me on a barge and sent me to mission school at Fort Providence,” one of them told me. “I didn’t see my parents for four years.

    A mother told me, “it was every parent’s nightmare. My children were taken away as little ones. I couldn’t hold them until they were teenagers.” Even when children were reunited with their families, they were divided by language and culture, the schools having forbidden all things Indian. All, over 160,000 helpless aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their homes put into this grotesque attempt at cultural engineering through assimilation –“to kill the Indian in the child,” as the saying went. In fact, it is believed thousands of the children actually died before they could see their moms and dads again.

    If the elders who gathered in Fort Simpson that autumn day were hoping for a papal apology, they didn’t get one. In fact, the pontiff praised the Catholic missionaries who “taught you to love and appreciate the spiritual and cultural treasures of your way of life.” Right. For over a century, the federal government was no better until victims of residential school abuse began turning to the courts in the 1990s, courageously sharing their horrific stories with all Canadians. In 1998, Jane Stewart, the then Liberal government’s Indian affairs minister, expressed “profound regret” over the past actions of the federal government. But it was a $2-billion legal settlement with residential school victims in 2005 that finally opened the way for what became yesterday’s emotional national day of mea culpa. With clarity, class and a rare depth of emotion that brought him close to tears, Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered a full and profound apology for every aspect of the fiasco. In many ways, Harper was admitting the obvious: Who today would doubt that “it was wrong to forcibly remove children from their homes”? Or that “far too often, these institutions gave rise to abuse or neglect and were inadequately controlled”? But judging by the tears on the faces of those receiving the apology, the PM’s words were exactly what they had waited a lifetime to hear. The apology doesn’t suddenly cure the problems plaguing our aboriginal communities.”

  2. With news compilation on:

    §–   (TRC) Truth and Reconciliation Commission report on Canada’s residential schools – from 1883 until the last one closed in 1998 – after six years of intensive research, including 6,750 interviews – inquiry into the sexual, physical and emotional abuse that was rampant in the Roman Catholics religious institutions .

    §–   Prime Minister Harper visit with Pope Francis. 

    §–   Oratory of St. Joseph gets $50 million+ grant but aborigines have no-tap-no-toilets.

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    • …and nobody explains out and loud the difference between Islam & wasabi extremism pumped with saudi-petrodollars & captain…
      that’s how a Clash of Civilisations is being engineered…

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