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Pope visiting Quebec to advance reconciliation with Indigenous People

Following Pope Francis’ apology last April for the “deplorable conduct” of members of the Catholic Church at residential schools, the Pope will be in Quebec from July 27-29 to advance action toward reconciliation with Indigenous People.

Cree Grand Chief Mandy Gull-Masty expressed that while apologies from Pope Francis, especially on Canada’s colonized land is monumental to the reconciliation process, it is only a start to more action.

On Thursday July 28th, the Pope has schedule to hold a mass at the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica. A delegation of 10 people is expected to start a 275-kilometre healing walk from the Ponte-Bleue residential school to the provincial capital in solidarity to residential school survivor across Canada. About 16,000 Indigenous and non-Indigenous people are to gather at the Plains of Abraham to watch the Pope’s address next week due to already sold-out tickets to enter the Basilica which had sparked frustration in many Indigenous people as hearing the Pope’s address is important to the healing process.

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