- Budget to cover the expense of travel for residential school survivors and community events.
- The money can also be utilized for cultural events and ceremonies — however, neighborhoods see fit to celebrate the historic occasion.
The federal government declared on Wednesday almost $30 million in a new budget to help Indigenous communities and organizations during the upcoming papal visit.
Pope Francis will travel to Canada from July 24 to 29. The purpose of the visit is to promote reconciliation and healing between the Roman Catholic Church, First Nations, and Inuit and Métis communities.
During the trip, he’s anticipated to grow on his apology at the Vatican last spring for residential school abuse in institutions driven by his church.
Ottawa is creating $30.2 million available to Indigenous communities and institutions to cover the travel expenses of residential school survivors who want to see the Pope in person, according to a report from the office of Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller.
The funds can also be used for cultural occasions and ceremonies — however, residents see fit to mark the historic event.
Survivors should contact their regional governments to arrange travel, said a senior government authority who was not allowed to speak publicly.
The same source said survivors traveling to see the Pope are eligible to get a family member with them for help.
The source also said residents and communities are anticipated to learn by the end of the week how much they will get for the papal visit, and the funds will be allocated before the Pope comes.
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“I feel it’s good news,” said residential school survivor Ted Quewezance from Keeseekoose First Nation, approximately 285 kilometers northeast of Regina.
“The only problem is the timeframe.”
Source – CBC News