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Indigenous leader says Pope Francis visit leaves room for reconciliation and change
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Indigenous leader says Pope Francis visit leaves room for reconciliation and change

Indigenous leaders are reflecting on the historic visit of Pope Francis to Alberta — and its shortcomings. The chief of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, Tony Alexis, said he felt some frustration with the planning process ahead of the Pope’s arrival.“It’s supposed to be an Indigenous event. A lot of the time we were moved to the side, so that the intention of the visit would be held in the forefront. It should not be like that. We should be equals.” 4:13 Pope Francis pilgrimage to Lac Ste. Anne draws thousands to Alberta lakeshore Pope Francis pilgrimage to Lac Ste. Anne draws thousands to Alberta ...
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 ...