Publication of statement by Sister Marie Zarowny, S.S.A., first presented at time of First Nations/Catholic Church Delegation to Rome and the Historic Meeting with Pope Benedict XVI Rome, April 30, 2009.
An adapted version was given on behalf of Congregations of women religious involved in the Indian Residential Schools of Canada, at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission National Event held in Vancouver in September 2013.
Pope Benedict XVI signed a decree officially acknowledging a miracle attributed to the intervention of Blessed Kateri Tekawitha.
Participation of the Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council and the Most Rev. Martin Currie, Most Rev. Anthony Mancini and Most Rev. Brian Dunn in a number of events commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Baptism of Chief Membertou, in Port Royal, Halifax and Cape Breton. Pope Benedict XVI appointed His Eminence Marc Cardinal Ouellet as his Special Envoy to the Chapel Island celebrations.
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
Chief Harry Lafond, of the Muskeg Lake Band in Saskatchewan, addressed Pope John Paul II and Bishops attending the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Americas at the Vatican, regarding the relationship between the Christian Churches and the Aboriginal Peoples of America, in response to paragraphs 13, 14 and 59 of the Instrumentum Laboris, which specifically dealt with the Gospel and Indigenous cultures.
A group of Innu people from Quebec and Labrador were met in Rome by Pope (now Saint) John Paul II.
Radio and television message of Pope John Paul II to the Native Peoples of Canada, broadcast from Yellowknife Airport, NT.
A Liturgy of the Word was celebrated with the Native Peoples of Canada by Pope John Paul II at Martyrs’ Shrine (Huronia), Midland, ON. Around the altar with the Holy Father were several Native deacons who had been formed at the Anishinabe Spiritual Centre. The liturgy included smudging as a purification ritual.