Indigenous leaders hope Vatican’s repudiation of oppressive colonial concepts leads to real change

By Nicole Winfield
March 30, 2023

'Reconciliation is a buzzword. But how it impacts current policy is really what's at stake here'

A Vatican statement said the 15th-century papal bulls, or decrees, “did not adequately reflect the equal dignity and rights of Indigenous peoples” and have never been considered expressions of the Catholic faith.

“On the surface it sounds good, it looks good … but there has to be a fundamental change in attitudes, behaviour, laws and policies from that statement,” Ernie Daniels, the former chief of Long Plain First Nation in Manitoba, said in an interview on Thursday.

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