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castanet.net 14 May, 2022 16:00 am

Should the Pope visit Kamloops and apologize to First Nations members for the Catholic Church's role in residential schools when he comes to Canada in July?

Should the Pope visit Kamloops and apologize to First Nations members for the Catholic Church's role in residential schools when he comes to Canada in July?
It will be a “missed opportunity” for Pope Francis to come to Canada and not visit Kamloops, according to T’kemlups Chief Rosanne Casimir.

“This, I do see as a missed opportunity to come to Tk'emlúps ground zero, and hear directly from the survivors, the intergenerational survivors and offer more words of apology, retribution, and reconciliation.” She said the Tk'emlúps generations of survivors and intergenerational survivors need more from the Pope.Casimir said while she is appreciative of the Pope's decision to come to Canada, she is disappointed he won’t be visiting Tk'emlúps te Secwepemc.“While we understand the vastness of Canada and the need the make to make the trip to Canada manageable for him, it is really unfortunate that he will not have the opportunity to come to the former Kamloops Indian Residential School,” Casimir said.

“They [survivors] need to witness it true, meaningful apology from the highest level from the pope himself,” Casimir said.Photo: Contributed A delegation of First Nations leaders met with Pope Francis at the Vatican in March.

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