The indigenous delegation to the Vatican in early 2022



1991. The Oblates of Mary Immaculate, who administered the boarding school in Kamloops (British Columbia), apologize for the rejection of “Riches of the indigenous religious tradition” and the “Sexual and physical violence”.

1996. Closure of the last Indian residential school in Canada. Out of 150,000 boarding children in total, between 3,000 and 6,000 are believed to have died there.

2018. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls on the Pope to apologize on behalf of the Catholic Church. In response, the president of the Episcopal Conference Lionel Gendron writes that“After having carefully considered the request (…), (the pope) is of the opinion that he cannot answer them personally ”.

June 6, 2021. The pope expresses his ” pain “ after the discovery of the unidentified remains of residential school students.

From December 17 to 20, 2021. Dates initially planned for the visit of the indigenous delegation to the Vatican, postponed to January due to the pandemic.

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