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The Assembly of First Nations has announced the 13 delegates who will travel to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis next month.

The delegation includes elders, residential school survivors and youth.

The Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of the Northwest Territories, Norman Yakeleya, will be the leader of the delegation and Wilton Littlechild of Alberta, who was commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, will be the porter. -speak.

The delegation will have a one hour meeting with Pope Francis.

Yakeleya says delegates will share stories from survivors, talk about the importance of culture and push the Pope to apologize for the role of the Catholic Church in residential schools.

There will also be Métis and Inuit delegations, which will have separate hour-long meetings with the Pope.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 25, 2021.

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