it's time THAT APOLOGIES MATTER
May / 2 / 2018
In April 2018, NDP MPs Romeo Saganash and Charlie Angus introduced a motion in the House of Commons calling on the Catholic Bishops to begin the process of a formal apology to residential school survivors, their families and their communities from Pope Francis.
Every religious denomination involved in the residential school system, as well as the Government of Canada, has apologized to the survivors and their communities – except for the Catholic Church.
Call to Action 58 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report called for a papal apology to survivors. Residential school survivors deserve justice and healing for the crimes that the Catholic Church committed against them. It's time that apologies matter.
Click here to read the parliamentary motion calling for a papal apology.
On June 30th, 2018 Pope Francis' ambassador to Canada invited Charlie Angus to a special gathering at his residence in Ottawa. He spoke about the parliamentary debate calling for a papal apology and the importance of reconciliation.
The ambassador and Charlie had a good and frank discussion about how to move forward. Following the reception, Charlie shared on social media that he feels hopeful yet cautious. Charlie let the ambassador know that Canadians are determined to see justice done. It's time to build bridges and move forward.