Now is the time for a Doctrine of Recovery
There can be no credible apology from Pope Francis for the brutality and destruction wrought by residential schools without his unequivocal repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery. This is not a new appeal.
Cree woman Si Pih Ko, pictured in Mackwacîs, Alta., on July 25, 2022, delivered an impromptu song in Cree, rebuking Pope Francis' official apology for the Catholic Church's role in running the residential schools in Canada. She sang in Cree what sounded to many like Canada's national anthem, but later said she was singing a ballad to the village and the land. She also told CTV that she sang for her family members affected by the residential schools. Photograph courtesy of PMO/photograph by Adam Scotti