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Pope Francis receiving a headdress elicits heated emotions amongst First Nations communities
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Pope Francis receiving a headdress elicits heated emotions amongst First Nations communities

Pope Francis being gifted a headdress by Chief Wilton Littlechild was a powerful and symbolic moment — but the symbolism is not sitting well with everyone. The Pope was given the headdress on Treaty 6 territory, in the central Alberta First Nations community of Maskwacis, after he apologized for the Catholic Church’s role in the residential school system on Monday.The apology came with cheering from the crowd, and some people were weeping. Soon after, Chief Littlechild went on stage and placed a headdress on Pope Francis’ head.The former member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission attended residential schools for 14 years as a child in Alberta.It was a stunning image: Francis briefly wearing the full Indigenous headdress, its rows of soft white feathers fastened in place by ...