M.P. confident Pope will respond to Ottawa's request for apology to Indigenous Peoples
New Democrat MP Charlie Angus says he's ``very, very confident'' Pope Francis will respond to Canada's formal invitation to the pontiff to apologize directly to Indigenous Peoples for the role of the Catholic Church in the residential school system.
MP's on all sides of the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly in favour of the motion introduced by Angus and residential school survivor Romeo Saganash, which passed by a margin of 269-to-10.
An apology from the pope was one of 94 calls to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
An estimated 150-thousand First Nations, Inuit and Metis children suffered extreme abuse while forced to attend the schools, many of operated by the Roman Catholic Church.
The motion also calls on the Catholic Church to pay money owed to residential school survivors and to turn over relevant documentation regarding the government-sponsored schools.