Rev. Welby spoke in Prince Albert yesterday, and here are some excerpts from his talk:
The Anglican Church committed grievous sins against the Indigenous, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada.— Archbishop of Canterbury (@JustinWelby) May 2, 2022
I commit to walking with you on the long journey of renewal and reconciliation for as long as the Lord gives me strength to do so.https://t.co/KiAUOKtT5R
I am sorry that the Church was not there for you when we should have been your greatest friends.And even if we were powerless, and I will come back to that, we should have been willing to suffer alongside you. That is better than nothing.I am sorry that the Church belittled your spirituality, denigrated and undermined your culture, traditions and above all your languages, and abused your rights.And I am sorry that an eagerness to share the good news of Jesus Christ we committed an indefensible sin of the arrogant assumption that we ‘brought God to you’ rather than understanding and seeking to listen.I’m not sure who has more right to be offended - the God who was already here, or you who knew that God.....I hope that what I have said may be the beginning of the beginning of a deeper conversation in words and action. The conversation must include apology but it must not stop there.In humility, in deep sadness, I end as I began: by apologising unreservedly and unqualifiedly, and saying again to you that even where I cannot change things, I will do everything I can to stand alongside and continue to learn from you.
Welby expressed his remorse for what they went through.“I am sorry. I am more sorry than I can say. I am ashamed, I am horrified,” Welby said.“The grace shown by the survivors is so extraordinary. The graciousness. One came up to me this morning and said I slept well last night. I felt the lifting of the burden. It’s only the first step in a very long journey, but it was a great blessing to me,” Welby said.“It was a very gracious step to say that to me.”
Finishing his remarks, he says what he is saying is inadequate.— Nathaniel Dove (@NathanielDove_) May 2, 2022
Chiefs are now presenting him with a blanket and a medallion pic.twitter.com/VgIUwHJMXn
And the Archbishop gives the Grand Chief and Chiefs a replica of the Cross of Nails.— Nathaniel Dove (@NathanielDove_) May 2, 2022
The original is in Coventry and made of the nails of the original cathedral, which was destroyed in the Second World War.
Coventry, he says, is a centre of reconciliation
This photo shows Rev. Welby speaking with Rev. Helen Northcutt of the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton, a residential school survivor. (photo by Jeff D'Andrea/paNOW Staff)
The Archbishop of Canterbury apologized to residential school survivors in Prince Albert on Sunday.https://t.co/DRR877HzXj— 650 CKOM (@CKOMNews) May 2, 2022
Andrew Chang (CBC News) speaks to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rev. Justin Welby, about what he’s sorry for in his residential schools apology and how the Anglican Church plans to approach compensating survivors for what they endured...https://t.co/HlDxVC1FyF— Gordon Burton Hill (@QueeredR) May 3, 2022