Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he has asked Pope Francis to come to Canada to apologize for the Catholic Church's role in running residential schools for indigenous children. PM Trudeau seeking an apology after the remains of nearly 1,000 people were found in unmarked graves near two of the former schools.
"I have spoken personally directly with His Holiness Pope Francis to press upon him how important it is not just that he makes an apology but that he makes an apology to indigenous Canadians on Canadian soil," Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa.
The residential school system, which operated between 1831 and 1996, removed about 150,000 indigenous children from their families and brought them to Christian residential schools, mostly Catholic, run on behalf of the Federal Government.
A federal commission's report found the residential school system enacted cultural genocide on Canada's indigenous people.