The Powerful Moment when an Indigenous Woman Sang Oh Canada in Cree
An emotionally charged day at Maskwacis First Nation yesterday. The Pope made a formal apology about the horrors the Catholic Church inflicted against Indigenous People across Canada through the Residential School program that just ended a couple decades ago. Many of the people in the crowd were survivors of the system and their pain was incredibly visible as The Pope admitted to the wrong doings of the church and called for a discovery into the schools.
The most powerful moment came after Pope Francis spoke, when an Indigenous Woman went off the program and sang "Oh Canada" in Cree with every ounce of passion and anguish in her body.
The Pope will continue his tour of Canada for the next few days, performing a mass at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton Tuesday before moving on to Quebec City and Iqaluit.
There is a Residential School Survivors Hotline that can be reached at 24/7 for anyone that needs support during this emotional time: 1-800-721-0066
More on yesterday's service:
Indigenous people in southern Alberta are calling for action to back up Pope Francis’ apology for the role the Catholic Church played in Canada’s residential school system. https://t.co/EP5JhBU2bh— CTV News Calgary (@CTVCalgary) July 26, 2022
The wrenching, unscripted moment when a Cree Jingle dancer, the dance itself a prayer, sings an anguished Oh Canada in Cree to Pope Francis after residential school apology https://t.co/1UOs24xtwO— jane arraf (@janearraf) July 26, 2022
Residential school survivor Sheldon Day Chief had mixed reactions to the Pope's apology. https://t.co/BgW2DHUYrO— CTV News Calgary (@CTVCalgary) July 26, 2022
Pope Francis set to hold public mass, visit Alberta pilgrimage site on Day 3 of visit https://t.co/XVQm7v2t7o— CTV News Calgary (@CTVCalgary) July 26, 2022
Pope Francis apologizes for the Catholic Church's role in Canada's residential school system. Jill Macyshon reports. https://t.co/WGQN1VWAfF— CTV News Calgary (@CTVCalgary) July 26, 2022