Treaty Six First Nations leaders discuss upcoming papal visit – July 21, 2022

July 21, 2022 at 3:27 pm  Federal, Politics



The Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations holds a news conference in Edmonton to discuss Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Treaty 6 territory. Speaking with reporters are Grand Chief George Arcand Jr. of the Confederacy and Chief of Alexander First Nation; Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation Chief Tony Alexis; Ermineskin Cree Nation Chief Randy Ermineskin; and Louis Bull Tribe Chief Desmond Bull. They are joined by residential school survivors who are expected to meet with the pontiff. The Pope will be visiting the site of the former Ermineskin Residential School in Maskwacis, Alberta, during his six-day visit to Canada. He will meet with Indigenous peoples and address the role of the Catholic Church in Canada’s residential school system. Pope Francis is expected to make a formal apology on Canadian soil.

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