First Nations chiefs hope to hear truths in apology from Pope Francis during next week’s papal visit – The Globe and Mail

A group of First Nations chiefs says next week’s papal visit offers an opportunity for healing and is an important step toward reconciliation, but that it must also include truth and justice for residential school survivors and their families.

At a joint news conference in Edmonton on Thursday, one of the chiefs, Ermineskin Cree Nation’s Randy Ermineskin, said the visit represents a chance for some of those survivors to find closure.

“We want the truth about what happened at the schools to be shared with the public … Everyone needs to know what happened to us, and that it will never happen again,” he said.

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