04 Apr ACCUC Statement on Pope Francis’s Apology to the Indigenous Peoples of this Land
The institutional members of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Canada join together on the occasion of Pope Francis’s apology to the Indigenous Peoples of this Land. We fully recognize that this apology will not undo the trauma and wounds experienced by Indigenous communities, particularly as a result of the residential schools that were owned and operated by Catholic religious orders. However, we believe this apology is an important step forward towards the goals of Truth and Reconciliation. In a spirit of prayerful and hopeful anticipation, we look forward to Pope Francis’s promised visit to Canada in order to offer his apology to the Indigenous Peoples, as they have requested.
The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Canada (ACCUC) is an organization of Roman Catholic institutions of higher education located across all parts of Canada. The ACCUC acts as the official voice for Catholic higher learning in Canada, as it seeks to spread “the spirit of learning” throughout the country.
Peter Meehan, Ed.D.
President and Vice-Chancellor, St. Jerome’s University, Waterloo
John Cappucci, Ph.D.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Assumption University, Windsor
Christopher Adams, Ph.D.
Immediate Past Chair, ACCUC
Rector, St. Paul’s College, Winnipeg
Chantal Beauvais, Ph.D.
Rectrice, Université Saint Paul/Saint Paul University, Ottawa
Shawn Flynn, Ph.D.
President, St. Joseph’s College, Edmonton
Lauretta Frederking, Ph.D.
President, Brescia University College, London
Rob Harasymchuk, M.B.A.
President and Vice-Chancellor, St. Peter’s College, Muenster
Sami Helewa, S.J., Ph.D.
President, Campion College, Regina
Michael Higgins, Ph.D.
Principal, St. Mark’s College, Vancouver
President, Corpus Christi College, Vancouver
David Malloy, PhD
President, King’s University College, London
Dawn Russell, Q.C.
President and Vice-Chancellor, St. Thomas University, Fredericton
Brigitte Quintal, BCL
President, College Universitaire Dominicain, Ottawa
Carl Still, Ph.D.
President, St. Thomas More College, Saskatoon
David Sylvester, Ph.D.
President and Vice-Chancellor, University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto
Gerry Turcotte, Ph.D.
President and Vice-Chancellor, St. Mary’s University, Calgary
Jason West, Ph.D.
President, Newman Theological College, Edmonton
Thomas Worcester, S.J., Ph.D.
President, Regis College, Toronto