A delegation of 32 Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers, residential school survivors, and youth are meeting with Pope Francis from March 28 to April 1, 2022. Read the CCCB statement
Pope Francis will meet privately with each of the three groups of delegates (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit). These meetings will be an opportunity for the delegates to share openly and from the heart with the Holy Father the pain and sorrow they have experienced as individuals and as communities as a result of Canada's policies of colonization, especially residential schools, and Catholic involvement in these policies and actions. It will also be an opportunity for them to share directly with the pope about their own identities, cultures, expectations, and hopes.
On the final day, the Holy Father will hold a public meeting with all of the delegates as well as all those who have accompanied them on this important journey.
For each day of the delegation's visit, Salt + Light Media will be providing brief news updates. Please click the following broadcast links to watch the proceedings (replays available):
- March 28- Media Briefing following the meeting between Pope Francis and the Metis delegation
- March 28- Media Briefing following the meeting between Pope Francis and the Inuit delegation
- March 31- Media Briefing following the meeting between Pope Francis and the First Nations delegation
- April 1- Final Audience between Pope Francis and all the Indigenous delegates