The delegation departs from Canada on December 14th, and will return on the 21st. While in Rome, the Pope will grant three distinct one-hour private audiences with the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit delegates respectively. These will be followed by a fourth encounter with the entire group, at which other Indigenous people from Canada will be present.

Three of the official delegates are from Alberta: Chief Wilton Littlechild of Maskwacis, Angie Crerar of Grande Prairie and Gary Gagnon of St. Albert. 

As a member of the group of Bishops that has been collaborating in this endeavour with national Indigenous leadership, I shall accompany the delegation, as will Bishop William McGrattan of Calgary.

We are all keenly aware of the historical importance of this gathering with Pope Francis, and rely heavily upon your prayerful support.

Read Archbishop Smith's Letter to the faithful: