Pope Francis: genocide clearly took place at Indigenous schools in Canada – video
Pope Francis has described what happened at Roman Catholic schools for Indigenous children in Canada as genocide. The schools were established to forcefully assimilate Indigenous children by changing their language, culture and faith. The pope said he didn't use the word 'genocide' previously because it is a technical word, but said what he saw was 'clearly' a genocide. His comments came as he flew back to Rome after a trip to Canada in which th…
Pope says genocide took place at Canada's residential schools
While the word genocide wasn't heard in any of Pope Francis's addresses during a week-long trip to Canada, on his flight back to Rome, he said everything he described about the residential school system and its forced assimilation of Indigenous children amounts to genocide.
Pope says Indigenous people suffered genocide at residential schools
Pope Francis says the abuses Indigenous Peoples faced while being forced to attend residential schools amounted to genocide. The pontiff made the comment Friday to reporters on his flight from Iqaluit back to Rome following his six-day tour of Canada.
Pope: Canadian residential schools were cultural 'genocide'
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis agreed Saturday that the attempt to eliminate Indigenous culture in Canada through a church-run residential school system amounted to a cultural “genocide.”