Kamloops Chief Casimir among 13 delegates to meet Pope in Rome

Casimir heading to Vatican

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Kukpi7 Chief Roseanne Casimir is one of 13 First Nation delegates heading to the Vatican to meet with the Pope.

The delegation include elders, residential school survivors and youth.

Assembly of First Nations Northwest Territories Regional Chief Norman Yakeleya will be the delegation lead and Wilton Littlechild from Alberta, who was a commissioner for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, will be the spokesperson.

Casimir will be representing British Columbia.

The delegation will have a one-hour meeting with Pope Francis.

Yakeleya says the delegates will share stories of survivors, talk about the importance of culture and push the Pope to deliver an apology for the Catholic Church’s role in residential schools.

There will also be Métis and Inuit delegations, which will have separate one-hour meetings with the Pope.

The First Nation delegates will travel to Rome on December 14, before gathering with Pope Francis on December 20.

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