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Pixie Wells, of the Metis community, talks to journalists after meeting Pope Francis in Rome, Monday, March 28, 2022. This week’s meetings, postponed from December because of the pandemic, are part of the Canadian church and government’s efforts to respond to Indigenous demands for justice, reconciliation and reparations - long-standing demands that gained traction last year after the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves outside some of the schools. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

’Truth, justice and healing:’ Metis and Inuit delegates meet with Pope Francis

8 Metis delegates spent an hour with pontiff, 3 survivors shared stories of residential schools.

Pixie Wells, of the Metis community, talks to journalists after meeting Pope Francis in Rome, Monday, March 28, 2022. This week’s meetings, postponed from December because of the pandemic, are part of the Canadian church and government’s efforts to respond to Indigenous demands for justice, reconciliation and reparations - long-standing demands that gained traction last year after the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves outside some of the schools. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Métis National Council President Cassidy Caron, shown in a handout photo, is part of the upcoming trip to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO- Metis National Council-David Stobbe

‘Always had faith:’ Métis delegates say Vatican visit a step to repair relationship

Métis, First Nation and Inuit delegates flying to Rome for meetings with Pope Francis next week

Métis National Council President Cassidy Caron, shown in a handout photo, is part of the upcoming trip to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO- Metis National Council-David Stobbe
Cristino Bouvette (left), an Indigenous priest, says he often thinks of his grandmother, Amelia Mae Bouvette (right), a residential school survivor, when he considers the Catholic Church’s role in reconciliation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Gerald McMaster

‘Reconciliation was possible:’ Indigenous priest reconciles faith with identity

Unmarked graves at former residential school sites has some pondering role of the church

Cristino Bouvette (left), an Indigenous priest, says he often thinks of his grandmother, Amelia Mae Bouvette (right), a residential school survivor, when he considers the Catholic Church’s role in reconciliation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Gerald McMaster
Judy Sackaney and her grandson Creedence, 10, stand in front of an honour staff with tobacco ties at the Centennial Flame after participating in a Pipe Ceremony to honour the 215 children whose remains were found at the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School at Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, B.C., on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Government officials spent weeks trying to figure out how best to remove a memorial on Parliament Hill for Indigenous children who died and went missing from residential schools, with an initial recommendation to try and have it taken down in a ceremony before last fall’s federal election. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Behind the scenes of the removal of residential schools memorial from Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill memorial was one of many that popped up across the country

Judy Sackaney and her grandson Creedence, 10, stand in front of an honour staff with tobacco ties at the Centennial Flame after participating in a Pipe Ceremony to honour the 215 children whose remains were found at the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School at Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, B.C., on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Government officials spent weeks trying to figure out how best to remove a memorial on Parliament Hill for Indigenous children who died and went missing from residential schools, with an initial recommendation to try and have it taken down in a ceremony before last fall’s federal election. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A child’s dress hung on a cross blows in the wind near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour 215 children whose remains have been discovered buried near the site in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021. The Catholic religious order that operated some residential schools in Canada says it will give researchers access to its archives in Rome. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Oblates to open Rome archives for search of residential school records

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to get full access to records in the Italian city

A child’s dress hung on a cross blows in the wind near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour 215 children whose remains have been discovered buried near the site in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021. The Catholic religious order that operated some residential schools in Canada says it will give researchers access to its archives in Rome. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Eleanor Nooski (left) and Tanya Stump at Lejac on March 17, 2022. (Photo by Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Omineca Express)

B.C. First Nation prepares for Vatican visit

Delegates will invite Pope Francis to visit Lejac residential school, push for access to Vatican archives

Eleanor Nooski (left) and Tanya Stump at Lejac on March 17, 2022. (Photo by Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Omineca Express)
The late Elton Keshane as a young man. (Courtesy Tina Savea)

B.C. woman finds healing even as graves found in schoolyard where she played

Indigenous woman Tina Savea gives voice to her late father, sharing childhood abuses he faced

The late Elton Keshane as a young man. (Courtesy Tina Savea)
A child’s dress is seen on a cross outside a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., Sunday, June 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Northern Alberta First Nation discovers 169 potential graves

Kapawe’no First Nation says potential graves have been identified using ground-penetrating radar

A child’s dress is seen on a cross outside a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., Sunday, June 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Lejac residential school on the shore of Fraser Lake. (National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation photo)

Nadleh Whut’en First Nation plans for unmarked grave search at Lejac residential school site

Nadleh Whut’en will be sending a delegation to the Vatican in March, as part of the Assembly of First Nations delegation

Lejac residential school on the shore of Fraser Lake. (National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation photo)
Minor hockey teams across Canada will have an opportunity to engage in the conversation about the intergenerational impacts of residential schools and

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Minor hockey teams across Canada will have an opportunity to engage in the conversation about the intergenerational impacts of residential schools and
St. Michaels residential school before it was torn down in 2015. (J.R. Rardon photo)

Another B.C. First Nation plans to probe grounds of former residential school

St. Michael’s was active in Alert Bay off Vancouver Island from 1894 to 1974, was torn down in 2015

St. Michaels residential school before it was torn down in 2015. (J.R. Rardon photo)
Teachers from School District 27 learn about a sweat ceremony during a cross-cultural workshop at Esk’etemc. (Photo submitted)

B.C. First Nation connects reconciliation and healing through education

Chief Fred Robbins says education is key to changing attitudes toward First Nations people

Teachers from School District 27 learn about a sweat ceremony during a cross-cultural workshop at Esk’etemc. (Photo submitted)
A photograph of St. Philip’s Residential School in Saskatchewan from the archives of the Société historique de Saint-Boniface is shown in a handout. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Société historique de Saint-Boniface **MANDATORY CREDIT**

First Nation says 54 potential graves at former Saskatchewan residential schools

Graves discovered on grounds of St. Philip’s and Fort Pelly residential schools near Kamsack

A photograph of St. Philip’s Residential School in Saskatchewan from the archives of the Société historique de Saint-Boniface is shown in a handout. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Société historique de Saint-Boniface **MANDATORY CREDIT**
Lejac residential school on the shore of Fraser Lake. (National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation photo)

Family honour Mary John Sr. on Lejac residential school centennial

First Nations leader was taken to Lejac 100 years ago

Lejac residential school on the shore of Fraser Lake. (National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation photo)
The Squamish Nation memorial for survivors and victims of the St. Paul’s Residential School was vandalized in January 2022. (Cole Schisler/Black Press Media)

Squamish First Nation ‘in disbelief’ after residential school memorial vandalized

Councillor Wilson Williams called the incident distressing and heartbreaking

The Squamish Nation memorial for survivors and victims of the St. Paul’s Residential School was vandalized in January 2022. (Cole Schisler/Black Press Media)
Jane Kigutaq, a kindergarten teacher from Arctic Bay now living in Ottawa, protests on Parliament Hill at a “Cancel Canada Day” event in response to the discovery of unmarked indigenous graves at residential schools on July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrick Doyle

Children who never returned from residential schools newsmaker of the year: CP poll

They were honoured with thousands of tiny shoes lined up in front…

Jane Kigutaq, a kindergarten teacher from Arctic Bay now living in Ottawa, protests on Parliament Hill at a “Cancel Canada Day” event in response to the discovery of unmarked indigenous graves at residential schools on July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrick Doyle
A child’s dress hung on a cross blows in the wind near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the facility in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Discovery of unmarked graves selected as Canada’s news story of the year: CP poll

Discovery in Kamloops served as a chilling, consciousness-raising event for Canadians

A child’s dress hung on a cross blows in the wind near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the facility in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Phil Fontaine poses for a portrait in Toronto on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. A former Assembly of First Nations national chief, Fontaine is hopeful as he prepares to make a second trip to the Vatican to ask a pope to apologize for the Catholic Church’s role in residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

Former national chief remains hopeful before second trip to Vatican

150,000 Indigenous children were forced to attend residential schools, largely run by the Catholic Church

Phil Fontaine poses for a portrait in Toronto on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. A former Assembly of First Nations national chief, Fontaine is hopeful as he prepares to make a second trip to the Vatican to ask a pope to apologize for the Catholic Church’s role in residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin
Pope Francis blesses faithful as he starts his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Andrew Medichini

Assembly of First Nations announces 13 delegates to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican

Delegates representing First Nations from across Canada going to the Vatican from Dec. 14 to 21

Pope Francis blesses faithful as he starts his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Andrew Medichini
In this old photo from the Archives Deschâtelets-NDC, Fonds Deschâtelets, children gather in front of the old Christie Residential School on Meares Island off the west coast of Vancouver Island near Tofino. The date the photo was taken is unknown.

Ahousaht First Nation begins research project on two former Indian Residential Schools

“The centre of this whole project is the children”

In this old photo from the Archives Deschâtelets-NDC, Fonds Deschâtelets, children gather in front of the old Christie Residential School on Meares Island off the west coast of Vancouver Island near Tofino. The date the photo was taken is unknown.