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‘Good news’: Former AFN national chief reacts to news of papal visit

Former Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine calls details of Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to Canada “good news.”

“I think it’s wonderful news that Pope Francis is honoring the commitment he made to the delegates during the general audience in Rome,” Fontaine told CTV News Channel.

The Vatican reaffirmed Thursday that the pope will travel to Canada next month and that the visit will include a trip to the site of a former boarding school in Alberta to meet with survivors.

Fontaine said he expects the pope to expand on his initial apology for the residential school system, which was made in April during visits by indigenous delegations to the Vatican, and which focused more on individual conduct than on the Church as an institution.

“We understood when he apologized at the general audience that he would come to Canada to apologize on Canadian soil in one of our First Nations communities, and he would expand on his apology,” said Fountain said.

Watch more of Fontaine’s interview at the top of the article.

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