MASKWACIS, Alta. (AP) — Pope Francis’ apology on Monday for the Catholic Church’s role in Canada’s residential school system and the abuses that took place there was a stark denunciation of a policy of forced assimilation decades that sought to deprive Indigenous children of their culture and traumatized generations.
Speaking at the site of a former residential school south of Edmonton, Alberta, the pontiff said he was “deeply sorry” for the actions of many people in support of “the colonizing mentality of the powers that oppressed the Indigenous Peoples “.
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