Fort William First Nation Elder recounts Papal Visit – Anishinabek News

by ahnationtalk on August 16, 202298 Views

August 16, 2022

Trigger warning: readers may be triggered by the recount of Indian Residential Schools. To access a 24-hour National Crisis Line, call: 1-866-925-4419. Community Assistance Program (CAP) can be accessed for citizens of the Anishinabek Nation: 1-800-663-1142

EDMONTON — Fort William Elder Rita Fenton is calling for funding for proper burials of children’s remains discovered at former Indian Residential Schools after travelling to Edmonton to support Survivors and Elders at Pope Francis’ Holy Mass. Fenton says she saw the pain and tears on the faces of Survivors while watching the Pope’s Indian Residential School apology on television.

“The Pope saying ‘I’m sorry’ is just words; he left out the reference to the sexual abuses,” says Fenton, who went to the Roman Catholic-run Mission Bay Indian Day School in Fort William First Nation and graduated with a Masters in Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University in 2017. “Last year when the news broke out about [the 215 potential grave sites of] children being found at the former Residential School in Kelowna, B.C., that really tore my heart out.”

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