Papal visit support for Indigenous communities

Pope Francis is travelling to Canada from July 24 to 29, 2022, where he will visit Alberta, Quebec and Nunavut.

Pope Francis' visit is being organized by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. Please consult their official website for information, including the itinerary and registration for in person events: Pope Francis' visit to Canada.

The Government of Canada is providing support to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities, including urban and off-reserve organizations, for community-led initiatives related to the July 2022 papal visit and the legacy of residential schools, such as healing activities, events, ceremonies and travel for Survivors.

Mental health supports

Throughout the papal visit trauma-informed mental wellness supports will continue to be available to residential school Survivors, their families, and communities, including Traditional Healers, Elders, and other mental wellness supports. Indigenous mental wellness workers and cultural support providers will also be available at specific papal events.

The Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program provides access to cultural and emotional support services and professional mental health counselling to eligible Survivors of residential schools and their families: Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program.

National helplines and other mental wellness services will continue to be available during the papal visit.

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About the papal visit support

Funding will be provided to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities and governments, as well as a limited number of urban Indigenous organizations and organizations serving Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people.

Communities and organizations will be contacted directly.

Funds will flow to First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities and organizations in a flexible way that respects Indigenous communities' right to implement their own trauma-informed and culturally grounded responses to address specific needs identified by communities and their members.

Who this supports

Supported activities

Reporting requirements for funding

Funding provided to communities and organizations is flowing through existing contribution agreements wherever possible and using existing funding streams, via the Mental Wellness program (First Nations and Inuit Health Branch) or the Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples (UPIP). Within the amount of the funding allocated for a community or organization, funds can be used to reimburse expenses for eligible activities that have already been incurred this fiscal year. Recipients are encouraged to consider partnering to hold joint activities.

Support provided to communities and organizations will be subject to the same reporting requirements as other Mental Wellness or Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples funding.

Papal visit event locations

During the papal visit to Canada from July 24 to July 29, 2022, Pope Francis will travel to Alberta, Quebec and Nunavut.

For a complete list of the dates, times and locations of the papal visit to First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities, please see the papal visit website.

Television and webcast coverage of events

Video feeds of official papal visit events will be made available so television broadcasters can provide coverage. Livestream coverage of official papal events will also be accessible from the papal visit website.

In addition to French, English, American Sign Language and Quebec Sign Language, interpretation of the broadcasted events will be available in 12 Indigenous languages through webcast and interested broadcasters:

For more information please contact your local FNIHB regional office (or First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia): First Nations and Inuit health regional offices.

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