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
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Later, Chief Fontaine said Canada’s Natives Peoples have moved into a post-apology era