Assembly of First Nations
Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald's statement on the Bishops of Canada financial commitment:
"The financial commitment made by the Bishops of Canada today is welcomed, however, I must acknowledge that it is long overdue. Due to previous financial promises by the church not being met, I sure the Bishops will understand First Nations skepticism and mistrust about their commitments.
The Assembly of First Nations is looking for a further assurances that these funds, each and every dollar, will go directly to the healing initiatives for the survivors and intergenerational survivors.
As National Chief, I will be reaching out to Bishops of Canada to ensure that First Nations are part of the development of the national principles and strategy, timelines, and the public communication as stated in their announcement.
I appreciate that they understand the principle of “nothing about us, without us.” We’re no longer accepting hollow apologies. Concrete actions and changed behavior are essential as we walk the healing path forward.