Apr 18, 2022
By Steve Kee
A Metis group from Manitoba is flying to Rome ahead of a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday.
The delegation from the Manitoba Metis Federation will be the first to meet the head of the Roman Catholic Church since he apologized to Indigenous people for the deplorable conduct of church members involved in residential schools.
The Pope apologized at the Vatican early this month following a week of meetings with Metis, Inuit and First Nations delegates.
The Manitoba Metis Federation had a separate meeting organized with Francis.
Delegates include residential school survivors, elders and youth.
Federation president David Chartrand says he’ll ask Francis to travel to Manitoba so he can better understand the need to renew the relationship between the church and the Metis.