Pope Francis on Friday made a historic apology to Indigenous peoples for the “deplorable

Francis begged forgiveness during an audience with dozens of members of the Metis, Inuit and First Nations communities

More than 150,000 native children in Canada were forced to attend state-funded Christian schools 

 The aim was to Christianize and assimilate them into mainstream society, which previous Canadian governments considered superior

The Canadian government has admitted that physical and sexual abuse was rampant at the schools, with students

The trip to Rome by the Indigenous leaders, elders and survivors was years in the making but gained momentum last year

This apology would not have happened without the long advocacy of survivors who journeyed to tell their truths

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