End of the papal visit: request for concrete gestures

End of the papal visit: request for concrete gestures

In order to see a more concrete progress of the Pope’s visit, the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) asks the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) to make public all the archives allowing to shed light on the history of residential schools in Canada while revoking the Doctrine of Discovery.

“While we recognize the Pope’s efforts, expectations are now very high for what will happen next. Apologies must be followed by concrete actions to open the Church’s archives and revoke the Doctrine of Discovery, for it is the truth that will guide our healing journey,” the Grand Chief of the Church said in a statement on Friday. Cree Nation Government, Mandy Gull-Masty.

The AFNQL would like the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to assume a leadership role in the follow-up to the papal visit and to respond to several long-standing requests that are still pending.

Concrete actions

The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador is also asking for concrete actions: “This apology must be considered as a new step on the long road to reconciliation, and not as its culmination. We hope that the Catholic Church will take advantage of the coming months to take concrete action in this regard,” added the Chief of the AFNQL, Ghislain Picard.

The First Nations organization said they appreciated all the hard work that was put in by First Nations people in preparation for the papal visit.

Recall that Pope Francis traveled to Nunavut on Friday after meeting with Indigenous communities in Alberta and Quebec.


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