Fontaine to represent Manitoba First Nations in meeting with Pope Francis

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By Dave Baxter, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A prominent Indigenous voice in Manitoba who survived Canada’s residential school system has been chosen to represent the province when a First Nations delegation travels to Rome to meet with the Pope later this year.
On Wednesday, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) Regional Chief Cindy Woodhouse announced that Phil Fontaine will act as the Manitoba representative to the delegation that is headed to the Vatican for four days of meetings scheduled with Pope Francis starting on Dec 17.
“Mr. Fontaine will participate in discussions regarding reconciliation with First Nations for the role of the Catholic Church in the administration of the former Indian Residential Schools, and the need for an official...continued

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