The sins of our fathers: The healing journey between Indigenous peoples and the Catholic Church begins in Rome – CBC

Mar 31, 2022

The church needs to do more than listen and talk; there needs to be mutual consultations, similar to a treaty

This column is an opinion by Rennie Nahanee, a member of the Squamish nation and a permanent deacon in the Catholic Church. For more information about CBC’s Opinion section, please see the FAQ.

As Indigenous survivors of residential schools gather in Rome to speak to the Holy Father, they must be thinking of their own experiences and the effects of Indian residential schools on themselves and their families.

They are not the defenceless, voiceless children of yesterday. These former students of the Catholic-entity institutions who ran the schools have found dignity in who they are as Indigenous peoples and want to speak about reparations from the church, which would help in their healing journey.

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