True reconciliation will require forgiveness, says former AFN national chief ahead of Pope’s visit – CBC

Phil Fontaine says Pope Francis must offer expanded apology during visit to Canada next week

Jul 20, 2022

Phil Fontaine says Pope Francis must expand on his apology for residential schools when he visits Canada next week.

But the former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations also wants people to know that an apology is not “the end of the story, it’s just the beginning.”

“We still have so much work to do to heal the past and to bring about true reconciliation. We ourselves have to forgive. Otherwise, the story never ends,” said Fontaine, who was AFN national chief from 1997 to 2000 and from 2003 to 2009.

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