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Manitoba Metis Federation ‘disappointed’ Pope’s Canadian trip won’t include Winnipeg stop


While the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is thrilled that Pope Francis is coming to Canada to engage in reconciliation efforts related to the Church’s history with residential schools, it says it is disappointed the trip does not include not a stopover in Winnipeg.

On Friday, the Vatican announced that the pontiff will visit Alberta, Quebec and Nunavut on his July 24-29 trip.

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The trip comes after the pope made a historic apology April 1 in Italy for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in residential schools in Canada.

An MMF delegation met privately with the pope at the Vatican a few weeks after the apology and requested that the pontiff include a stop in Winnipeg to bless the tomb of Manitoba Métis leader Louis Riel.

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“We thought we made a strong case about (the fact) that Manitoba has the largest Indigenous population – especially with the historic roots of Louis Riel,” said Andrew Carrier, MMF vice-president for the Manitoba region. Winnipeg and Minister Responsible for Housing. and day school survivors.

“We are not surprised that he cannot come, but we are disappointed.”

The pope, 85, will use the provincial capitals of Edmonton, Quebec and Iqaluit as bases for the visit, the Vatican said.

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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops said the Vatican selected the three cities based on the length of the trip, the vast area of ​​Canada and the health of the pontiff.

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Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton, general travel coordinator for the conference, said the pope is restricted in his travels. He can no longer ride in helicopters and cannot be in a vehicle for more than an hour. He must also rest between events.

The Pope, despite his limitations, is expected to visit the site of a former boarding school during his stay in Canada.


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Carrier said the MMF is still hopeful that Francis can make time to stop in Winnipeg on the trip.

“In the short time we spent with Pope Francis, we learned that he likes to surprise people,” he said. “So we are going to pray that he can stop in Winnipeg to come to Saint-Boniface to the grave of Louis Riel and give a blessing.

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Louis Riel is considered the founder of Manitoba and is known for starting two rebellions in Canada and as a strong defender of Métis rights.

Carrier says Riel was also a devout Catholic who, as a youth, trained as a priest in Montreal.

“Having Pope Francis come to the tomb of Louis Riel would really touch our hearts,” he said.


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An estimated 150,000 Indigenous children were forced to attend residential schools in Canada and over 60% of schools were run by the Catholic Church.

The pope’s apology came after meetings with First Nations, Inuit and Métis groups at the Vatican. Pope Francis has apologized for the deplorable conduct of Church members involved in residential schools. He also said he would visit Canada.

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Carrier says that whether or not the pope goes to Winnipeg, the MMF will go to him while he is on Canadian soil.

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He said the MMF is also working to improve relations with the Catholic Church.

“The relationship that many Métis citizens have with the church, over the years, has been strained,” he said. “I think it’s time to move on, to rebuild and reconnect with our faith and with the Catholic Church.”

– with files from Aaron D’Andrea of ​​Global, Keesha Harewood and The Canadian Press

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