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Indigenous, religious groups in northwestern Ontario look for steps forward after papal apology – CBC

Apr 04, 2022

‘Pope Francis has sincerity in his heart, his spirit and in his words,’ says residential school survivor

A residential school survivor and church leader in Thunder Bay, Ont., are among those who are optimistic that last week’s papal apology will help the healing process for Indigenous people in Canada.

Pope Francis apologized for the conduct of some members of the Roman Catholic Church relating to Canada’s residential school system, following a week of public and private meetings with First Nations, Inuit and Métis delegations.

“I feel Pope Francis has sincerity in his heart, his spirit and in his words,” said Esther Diabo, a residential school survivor who lives in Thunder Bay.

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