Very Rev. James Weisgerber, Archbishop of Winnipeg and President of the CCCB, wrote to to Justice Murray Sinclair to congratulate him on his appointment as Commissioner to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Participation of the Most Rev. Paul-André Durocher, Bishop of Alexandria-Cornwall, as the CCCB delegate to the first National Day of Reconciliation, commemorating the first anniversary of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s apology to Aboriginal Peoples on behalf of the Government of Canada for Indian Residential Schools. Archbishop Durocher took part in a traditional sunrise ceremony and exchanged gifts with Aboriginal elders and leaders.
Apology of the Most Rev. Murray Chatlain, Bishop of Mackenzie-Fort Smith Inuvik, NT regarding former Residential Schools.
At the invitation of Pope Benedict XVI, Indigenous and Church representatives from Canada had a private meeting with him at the Vatican to discuss the Indian Residential Schools. The Holy Father expressed his sorrow at the anguish caused by the deplorable conduct of some members of the Church in these institutions.
National Chief Phil Fontaine of the Assembly of First Nations delivered this statement to Pope Benedict XVI
Announcement from Holy See Press Office
Later, Chief Fontaine said Canada’s Natives Peoples have moved into a post-apology era
Sister Marie Zarowny, S.S.A. gave an address entitled “Towards a Theology of Reconciliation between the Roman Catholic Community in Canada and First Nations”, at St. Joseph’s Parish, Ottawa.
Launch of the “Moving Forward Together” Campaign by the 54 Catholic Entities of CCEPIRSS to support healing and educational programs for Canadian Aboriginal communities, including former residential school students and their families.