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Representatives of First Nations, Metis and Inuit wrapped up a historic delegation in Rome last week, receiving an unprecedented apology from Pope Francis concerning residential schools.

Indigenous people made history in Rome. Here's How Some People Want History To Be Recorded - National | Nation World News

Before about 200 people, the head of the Catholic Church apologized for the pain and suffering of some members of the clergy at assimilated institutions that operated between the 1830s and the 1990s.

The pontiff said he was “deeply saddened” by the stories of “anguish, hardship, discrimination and various forms of abuse” that he heard throughout the week. They extended a hand of friendship, traveling to Canada and promising to work together to end the “colonial mindset”.

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Opinions differed on whether Pope Francis’ words were sufficient, as he did not address in his televised speech on 1 April, given the number of requests from survivors. However, there is no doubt that the apology, the delegation and all that was achieved will be written in the history books of Canada.

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Between March 28 and April 1, Global News asked Indigenous representatives in Rome, their friends and family, how they wanted the week’s events to be recorded in books that would be read by children in school for generations to come. can go.

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Reply to Pope’s Apology for Residential Schools

Reply to Pope’s Apology for Residential Schools

maya fontaine

Phil Fontaine’s daughter

,I want the history books to reflect the hard work and commitment of the delegates and survivors through the years. I want the history books to accept all the people who could not be here today – the survivors. I have uncles and aunts, grandparents who used to go to residential schools and this is really for them too. I think it would have been a lot to say, ‘We understand this has caused you great harm and we accept that and we are accountable.'”

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Phil Fontaine’s daughter, Maya Fontaine, with her two daughters, Aluk Fontaine Richardson (left) and Ella Fontaine Richardson, during the Indigenous delegation at the Vatican on March 29, 2022.

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Kúkpi7 Roseanne Casimir

Representative of British Columbia, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc . head of

“When I look at my grandson and his grandson, what they will be learning in education books is real history – the history of Canada, the history of the First Nations, the history of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and all the First Nations that have There is residential school and poor Indian hospital…. History has become (this week). There were some steps which needed to be taken and which were taken from the highest level.”

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Kúkpi7 Rosanne Casimir speaks to reporters outside Vatican City on March 31, 2022, as First Nations representatives complete a two-hour private meeting with Pope Francis.

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Yukon Representative, Residential School Survivor and Teslin Tlingit Member of the Nation

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“History books have to write the truth – the truth about the situation, the history of why residential schools were kept. This was not to educate Indian children, it was to assimilate them into white society and indeed the language , history and things like that. That’s what’s really important for them to understand.”

Dene National Chief Gerald Antoine listens to Yukon Representative Adeline Weber speaking to reporters in Rome, after the historic meeting with Pope Francis on April 1, 2022.

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Gary Gagnon

Metis Representative, Cultural Facilitator, Vice President of Region 4 of the Metis Nation of Alberta

“We came with our elders, we came with our survivors, we came with our leadership and Cassidy Caron, and we came with an open heart. I want Canada to know – or wherever it is – that we Telling your story and our stories are what connect us to this world. We need more positive stories.”

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Gary Gagnon, a cultural facilitator, member of the Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council and Vice President of Region 4 of the Métis Nation of Alberta, poses for a photo in Rome after representatives of Métis meet with Pope Francis on March 28, 2022.

Phil Fontaine

Manitoba Representative, Residential School Survivor and Member of the Sagaking First Nation

“What emerges from it in terms of stories will be determined by our people and I am sure a lot of it will be positive. Will it turn out to be the perfect story? I don’t think so, there is nothing that is perfect. There’s always a loophole that some people will find, but other than that, this moment here is important for us, for our story, for our place in Canada. And I believe that the stronger we’ve become after this moment, Will emerge stronger than him.”

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Cindy Woodhouse

Assembly of the First Nations Regional Head for Manitoba

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“I’m glad that moments like this are being captured, documented and, you know, translated into different languages, and people are here to tell the stories of the many enlightened people and residential school survivors. will listen…. used to hurt, and we changed from that.”

Cindy Woodhouse, Manitoba regional head of the House of First Nations, poses for a photo with her son Colt at her hotel in Rome on March 30, 2022. Woodhouse was part of an expanded delegation of indigenous people who sat in a general audience with Pope Francis. 1 April.

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Spiritual Counselor from the Aquesne Mohawk Region

“Hopefully it will be written about because I’ve been a teacher for over 20 years. I just left in June. One thing I noticed in the curriculum is that indigenous people are almost invisible … who wrote It’s written from another point of view, so I think it’s time to turn that narrative around and start telling your stories and sharing things from multiple perspectives. I think the world is now on its way. is ready. You have to be the voice.”

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At the delegation’s final press conference on April 1, 2022, Katsitsiani Fox Residential School, spiritual advisor to Rome’s indigenous delegation, sings ‘Sky World’ in honor of the victims and survivors.

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