Pope Francis said on Saturday that the treatment of indigenous people in Canada amounted to genocide, after a six-day trip in which he apologized to survivors of abuse in Catholic-run schools. “I didn’t say the word (in Canada) because it didn’t come to mind, but I did describe genocide. And I apologized for this process that was genocide. I condemned it too,” he told reporters on board his plane back to Rome. “Remove children, change the culture, change the mentality, change the traditions, change a race, let’s put it that way, a whole culture. “Yes, genocide is (a) technical word… But I have described what genocide is, in fact. ” During his trip, the pope apologized for the “evil” inflicted on indigenous communities in Canada’s residential schools, where children were sent as part of a policy of forced assimilation. He cited the “cultural destruction” and “physical, verbal, psychological and spiritual abuse” of children over decades. From the late 19th century to the 1990s, the Canadian government sent some 150,000 children to 139 Church-run residential schools, where they were isolated from their families, language and culture. Many suffered physical and sexual abuse, and thousands are believed to have died from disease, malnutrition or neglect. Since May 2021, more than 1,300 unmarked graves have been discovered on the sites of former schools, shocking all of Canada, which has slowly begun to acknowledge this long and dark chapter in its history. Read More Related World News Here | US Today News What do you think about this; Pope says treatment of Canada’s indigenous people was genocide | Newslodge Nigeria News Let’s hear your opinion in the comment below!