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Anglican chief apologizes to Canadian residential college survivors for church’s function

PRINCE ALBERT, Saskatchewan (AP) — The pinnacle of the Anglican Communion advised a gathering of Canadian residential college survivors Saturday he was sorry for the church’s function within the “horrible crime” that was dedicated.

The Rev. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, visited the James Smith Cree Nation and heard tales shared by residential college survivors.

“It was the church that permitted it,” stated Welby. “Constructing hell and placing kids into it and staffing it. I’m extra sorry than I may ever, ever start to specific.”

On Sunday, Welby will attend an Indigenous gathering in Prince Albert the place he’s to fulfill with Indigenous leaders and extra residential college survivors.

The Anglican Church of Canada says it ran about three dozen residential faculties in Canada between 1820 and 1969.

In 1993, the Canadian church apologized for working residential faculties.

An estimated 150,000 Indigenous kids had been pressured to attend residential faculties in Canada.

In April, Pope Francis apologized to Indigenous folks for the deplorable conduct of church members concerned in residential faculties following conferences with Metis, Inuit and First Nations delegates on the Vatican.

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