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National Inquiry into Missing & Murdered Indigenous Woman & Girls

Findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Doctrine of Discovery

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples in Canada

The Penner Report Indian Self-government in Canada

The Beaver Report: The National Indian Socio-economic Development Committee

The Hawthorne Report: Survey of the Contemporary Indians of Canada: Economic, Political, Educational Needs and Policies

The White Paper: Statement of the Government of Canada on Indian Policy


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UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous People

House of Commons Standing Committee

Senate Standing Committee

Indigenous Services

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs

 Assembly of First Nations

Congress of Aboriginal People

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Métis National Council

Inuit Circumpolar Council of Canada

United Native Friendship Centre

Native Women’s Association of Canada


Church Apologies for Indian Residential Schools


Approximately 70% of the forced Indian Residential Schooling in Canada was done by the Roman Catholic church. Pope Benedict expressed his sorrow for the suffering of Indigenous people in Canada’s residential schools to the Assembly of First Nations’ National Chief, Phil Fontaine, in April of 2009. However, the Roman Catholic church still refuses to formally apologize for its role in Canada’s policy of forced Indigenous assimilation and Indian Residential Schooling. At the centre of this refusal to apologize lies the irrevocable papal bull Romanus Pontifex issued in 1455 by Pope Nicholas V. Centuries of destruction and genocide resulted from the application of this document and its framework of dominance against Indigenous Peoples and their lands, territories and resources.

Four religious organizations in Canada have formally apologized to Indigenous people. Their apologies can be seen below:



Background on Indian Residential Schools:




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