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Pope: Canadian residential schools were ethnic 'genocide'

Pope: Canadian residential schools were ethnic 'genocide'

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis agreed Saturday that the try to remove Indigenous the arts inside Canada into with every one other accompanied by not here of a church-run residential educational organization system amounted to a ethnic "genocide."

Speaking to reporters while en way place of residence from Canada, Francis said he didn't use the word all over his trip to atone for the Catholic Church's small portion inside the schools since it never came to mind.

Canada's Truth accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Reconciliation Commission determined inside 2015 that the forced removal of Indigenous children from their homes accompanied by every one one other accompanied by placement inside the residential schools to assimilate them constituted a "cultural genocide."

Some 150,000 children from the late 1800s to the 1970s were theme to the forced assimilation policy, aimed at making them completely Christian accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Canadian. Physical accompanied by every one one other accompanied by reproductive abuse were rampant at the schools, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by children were beaten for speaking their Native languages.

"It's correct I didn't use the word since it didn't go nearer to mind, nevertheless I described genocide, no?" Francis said. "I apologized, I asked forgiveness for this work, which was genocide."

Francis said he repeatedly condemned the system that severed family ties accompanied by every one one other accompanied by attempted to impose new ethnic beliefs while "catastrophic" to generations of Indigenous peoples.

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In the main apology of his Canada trip, delivered Monday, Francis spoke of "cultural destruction," nevertheless he didn't use the word "cultural genocide" while some educational organization survivors had hoped accompanied by every one one other accompanied by expected.

"It's a technical word, 'genocide.' I didn't use since it didn't go nearer to mind, nevertheless I described that, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by it's correct it's a genocide," he said Saturday.

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