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Anglican Leader Visits Survivors of Canadian Residential Schools

The head of the Anglican Church told a gathering of Canadian residential school survivors on Saturday that he was sorry for the church’s role in the ‘terrible crime’ that was committed

PRINCE ALBERT, Saskatchewan — The leader of the Anglican Church told a gathering of Canadian residential school survivors on Saturday that he was sorry for the church’s role in the “terrible crime” that was committed.

The Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, visited James Smith’s Cree Nation and heard stories from residential school survivors.

“It was the church that allowed it,” Welby said. “Build hell and put children in it and staff it. I’m more sorry than I could ever, ever begin to express.

On Sunday, Welby will attend an Aboriginal gathering in Prince Albert where he will meet with Aboriginal leaders and other residential school survivors.

The Anglican Church says it ran about three dozen boarding schools in Canada between 1820 and 1969.

In 1993, the Anglican Church of Canada apologized for running residential schools.

An estimated 150,000 Indigenous children were forced to attend residential schools in Canada.