Highlights

  • Attempt to eliminate Indigenous culture in Canada a cultural genocide: Pope
  • Pope Francis: didn't use the term during Canada trip
  • About 150,000 children subjected to abuse from late 1800s to the 1970s

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Pope: Canadian residential schools were cultural 'genocide'

Pope Francis agreed Saturday that the attempt to eliminate Indigenous culture in Canada through a church-run residential school system amounted to a cultural “genocide.”

Pope Francis agreed Saturday that the attempt to eliminate Indigenous culture in Canada through a church-run residential school system amounted to a cultural “genocide.” Speaking to reporters while en route home from Canada, Francis said he didn't use the term during his trip to atone for the Catholic Church's role in the schools because it never came to mind.

Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission determined in 2015 that the forced removal of Indigenous children from their homes and placement in the residential schools to assimilate them constituted a “cultural genocide.” Some 150,000 children from the late 1800s to the 1970s were subject to the forced assimilation policy, aimed at making them fully Christian and Canadian. Physical and sexual abuse were rampant at the schools, and children were beaten for speaking their Native languages.

“It's true I didn't use the word because it didn't come to mind, but I described genocide, no?” Francis said. “I apologized, I asked forgiveness for this work, which was genocide.” Francis said he repeatedly condemned the system that severed family ties and attempted to impose new cultural beliefs as “catastrophic” to generations of Indigenous peoples.

In the main apology of his Canada trip, delivered Monday, Francis spoke of “cultural destruction,” but he didn't use the term “cultural genocide” as some school survivors had hoped and expected.

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“It's a technical word, genocide.' I didn't use because it didn't come to mind, but I described that, and it's true it's a genocide,” he said Saturday.

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