Indigenous leaders say Pope's Canada tour 'a missed opportunity' for skipping B.C.

Indigenous leaders in British Columbia expressed disappointment Friday that Pope Francis’ trip to Canada will not include a stop in their province. 

Pope Francis will be in Canada from July 24 to 29, making stops in Quebec City, Edmonton and Iqaluit.

The absence of any B.C. stops on the itinerary is not lost on Chief Rosanne Casimir of Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc where the discovery of more than 200 potential burial sites on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School triggered investigations on other sites across Canada. 

“This is a missed opportunity to come to ‘ground zero’ and hear directly from the survivors, intergenerational survivors and offer more words of apology, retribution and reconciliation,” Casimir

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