Treaty Six First Nations hold news conference following papal apology – July 25, 2022

July 25, 2022 at 1:54 pm  Federal, Politics



The Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations holds a news conference in Maskwacis, Alberta, following Pope Francis’ visit to the community and his formal apology for the Catholic Church’s role in Canada’s residential school system. Speaking with reporters are Grand Chief George Arcand Jr. of the Confederacy and Chief of Alexander First Nation; Ermineskin Cree Nation Chief Randy Ermineskin; Frog Lake First Nation Chief Greg Desjarlais; Chief Vernon Saddleback of Samson Cree First Nation; Louis Bull Tribe Chief Desmond Bull; and Chief Tony Alexis of Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation. They are joined by Evelyn Korkmaz, a survivor of St. Anne’s residential school in Fort Albany, Ontario. The Pope is visiting Canada from July 24 to 29 to meet with Indigenous peoples and to address the role of the Catholic Church in Canada’s residential school system.

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