Canadian PM invites pontiff to travel to Canada to say sorry to thousands placed in residential Catholic schools where they were abused

Justin Trudeau has urged Pope Francis to visit Canada to apologise to indigenous peoples for the Catholic church’s treatment of aboriginal children in schools it ran there.

Starting in the late 19th century, about 30% of children of Canada’s native peoples, or about 150,000 children, were placed in what were known as “residential schools” in a government attempt to strip them of their traditional cultures and ancestral languages.

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