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Métis leader calls for Queen to apologize for residential schools

The president of the Métis National Council says the Queen should apologize for residential schools to help survivors and their families heal.
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Cassidy Caron speaks to the media in St. Peter's Square after a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday, March 28, 2022. Caron, president of the Métis National Council, says the Queen should issue an apology for residential schools to help survivors and their families heal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Gregorio Borgia

The president of the Métis National Council says the Queen should apologize for residential schools to help survivors and their families heal. 

Cassidy Caron says residential school survivors told her that an apology from the Queen would be important since she is the leader of the Anglican Church and Canada’s head of state. 

Caron says she will make the request to Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, during a reception with them at Rideau Hall on Wednesday.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are to visit Canada this week for a three-day tour that is to partially focus on Indigenous reconciliation.

Last month, Pope Francis apologized at the Vatican to survivors and Indigenous delegates for the Catholic Church’s role in residential schools. 

Some 150,000 Indigenous children were forced to attend residential schools; the Anglican Church ran about three dozen of them.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 16, 2022. 

The Canadian Press