Considering the papal visit as a decisive but partial step forward, the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) is asking for concrete actions on the part of the Church.
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“This apology should be seen as another step on the long road to reconciliation, not the end. We hope that the Catholic Church will take advantage of the coming months to take concrete action in this direction,” said AFNQL Chief Ghislain Picard in a press release on Friday.
The AFNQL asks the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) to make public “all archival documents that shed light on the history of residential schools in Canada and by revoking the doctrine of discovery”.
The First Nations organization also wanted to “salute the work behind the scenes” of the natives mobilized for the visit of the sovereign pontiff.
Recall that Pope Francis ended his visit to Canadian territory on Friday with a visit to Nunavut, after meeting with indigenous communities in Alberta and Quebec.