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VIDEO: Chief Littlechild and Archbishop Smith's Statement on Kamloops and Reconciliation

Chief J. Wilton "Willie" Littlechild and Archbishop Richard Smith met this week in Maskwacis, and are offering this joint statement on the Kamloops Residential School discovery, and on reconciliation.

Chief Littlechild is a former Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations. He was also a commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a member of the 1977 Indigenous delegation to the United Nations, and worked on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He is a recipient of the Order of Canada, Alberta Order of Excellence, and Queens Counsel.

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FULL INTERVIEW: Chief Wilton "Willie" Littlechild with Archbishop Smith on reconciliation

Exclusive interview with Chief Wilton "Willie" Littlechild and Archbishop Richard Smith on reconciliation.

Chief Littlechild, former Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations, attended 3 different residential schools over a span of 14 years. 

He was also a commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a member of the 1977 Indigenous delegation to the United Nations, and worked on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

He is a recipient of the Order of Canada, Alberta Order of Excellence, and Queens Counsel.

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Archbishop's Letter on Kamloops 215

We must acknowledge the role played by Catholic organizations in the residential school system. I recall my own testimony to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, given on behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories:

“We apologize to those who experienced sexual and physical abuse in residential schools under Catholic administration. We also express our apology and regret for Catholic participation in government policies that resulted in children being separated from their families, and often suppressed Aboriginal culture and language at the residential schools.”

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Reconciliation is a journey, not a destination

“I don’t believe we should ever forget what has happened, but we need to go forward. The wind goes forward. It never goes backward. We need to move ahead and forge good relationships.”

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Youth will be the teachers on reconciliation

“I know that when I was in school I didn’t learn about that,” said Carrie, adding she learned a lot from her daughter. “There was lots of conversations in the household and knowledge transfer from student to parent with regards to reconciliation.”

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