Pope Francis concluded his historic “penitential pilgrimage” of Canada last week, focused on paving a new path for Indigenous Peoples and the Catholic Church.
His visit spanned Alberta, Quebec and Nunavut, including stops at a former residential school, many churches and some sacred sites for First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.
Chiefs, residential school survivors, elders, community leaders and youth attended from across the country, with mixed reactions to the Pope’s words of contrition. He issued his second, third and fourth apologies for residential schools during the trip, his first having been made at the Vatican last spring.
Many are still processing the visit and its implications for their own healing journeys, while calling for the Church to take concrete, reconciliation-based action in the months to come.
Global News asked Indigenous witnesses to the papal tour, and their allies, what they want non-Indigenous people in Canada to take away from Pope Francis’ penitence.