Statement on the “Doctrine of Discovery”

March 30, 2023, the Dicastery for Culture and Education and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development issued a joint statement on the “Doctrine of Discovery”. A summary of the statement can be found here, while the original document can be found here.

Papal Apology to Canada’s Indigenous Peoples

April 1st, 2022, following a series of meetings with representatives of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, Pope Francis offered an historic apology on behalf of the Church. The text of the apology is available for viewing.

Address Of His Holiness Pope Francis (Click to View)

Canada’s Catholic Bishops Welcome Pope Francis’ Apology to Indigenous Peoples

April 1st, 2022, the Holy See, culminating with an historic apology from Pope Francis for the Catholic Church’s role in Canada’s residential school system, the Holy Father expressed “sorrow and shame” for the abuse and lack of respect for Indigenous identities, culture and spiritual values.

Canada’s Catholic Bishops Statement (Click to View)

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September 24th, 2021 the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) released a Statement of Apology by the Catholic Bishops of Canada to the Indigenous Peoples of this Land. The text of this apology, in both English and French, is available below and can be downloaded for future reference.

Thursday, September 30th, 2021 was the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.

The news release announcing a national fundraising initiative is also available in both English and French below.


Statement from CCCB to Indigenous Peoples (EN) (Click to View)

Statement from CCCB to Indigenous Peoples (FR) (Click to View)

Fundraising in English and french

On September 27, 2021, the Bishops of Canada, as a tangible expression of their sorrow made a nation-wide collective financial commitment to support healing and reconciliation initiatives for residential school survivors, their families, and their communities.

CCCB News Release – Fundraising Initiative (EN) (Click to View)

CCCB News Release – Fundraising Initiative (FR) (Click to View)