Papal visit support for Indigenous communities

Pope Francis travelled to Canada from July 24 to 29, 2022, where he visited Alberta, Quebec and Nunavut.

Pope Francis' visit was organized by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. Consult their official website Pope Francis' visit to Canada.

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

Mental health supports

Following 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.

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 after the papal visit.

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About the papal visit support

Funding was 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 were contacted directly.

Funds were provided 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 included

Reporting requirements for funding

Funding provided to communities and organizations was provided through existing contribution agreements wherever possible and used existing funding streams, through 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

Pope Francis travelled to Alberta, Quebec and Nunavut.

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

Television and webcast coverage of events

Coverage of official papal events is accessible from the papal visit website.

In addition to French, English, American Sign Language and Quebec Sign Language, the broadcasted events were interpreted into 12 Indigenous languages:

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