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Manitoba Métis travel to Rome to meet with Pope Francis


The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) delegation will be the first to meet with the leader of the Roman Catholic Church since he apologized to Indigenous peoples for the conduct of church members involved in residential schools.

The pope apologized to the Vatican earlier this month after a week of meetings with Métis, Inuit and First Nations delegates.

The Manitoba Metis Federation arranged a separate meeting with the pope. Delegates include residential school survivors, elders and youth.

David Chartrand, President of the Manitoba Metis Federationasserts that many Métis are deeply connected to the Church.

Now that His Holiness has apologized to all Indigenous peoples, we can focus our meeting on the relationship between the Red River Métis and the Catholic Church, past, present and future.said Mr. Chartrand in a press release on Monday.

Some bishops will accompany Métis delegates from Manitoba to the Vatican.

The Archbishop of Saint-Boniface, Msgr. Albert LeGatt, will also be on the trip. In an interview with TurnedNews.com at the beginning of April, he also indicated that he had invited representatives of the Union nationale métisse Saint-Joseph du Manitoba, an organization that does not always defend the same points of view as the Manitoba Metis Federation, to accompany him. Thus, the president of the organization, Paulette Duguay, and the vice-president, Justin Johnson, will be part of the trip.

Desire to move forward

It is the desire of all the Bishops of Canada to move forward with reconciliation and to build strong relationships with the Indigenous peoples of Canada.said Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg, in a press release.

An estimated 150,000 Aboriginal children were forced to attend residential schools, over 60% of which were run by the Catholic Church.

On April 1, the pontiff stood before a room of nearly 200 indigenous delegates and asked God’s forgiveness for the actions of the Catholic Church.

understand why we need to renew our relationship, especially in our small, remote communities, of which the church is central to many.

A Catholic priest played an important role in Métis leader Louis Riel’s founding of what would become Manitoba. Santa Claus-Joseph Ritchot led the delegation that Mr. Riel sent to Ottawa to negotiate the entry of the Provisional Government into Confederation.

Mr. Riel himself was Catholic, but also wrote about his problems with the Church.

The Manitoba Metis Federation organized the separate meeting with the Pope following the group’s withdrawal from the Métis National Council in 2021 after years of internal conflict.

The Métis National Council was part of the largest delegation earlier this month.

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