Texts of the Holy See

The Catholic Church has a long history of relations with the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, dating back to the arrival of the first Europeans. Some important moments that mark this special affinity include the Baptism of Chief Membertou, Grand Chief of the Mi’kmaq, in Port Royal in 1610, Pope Paul III’s papal bull against the enslavement of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas in 1537, Pope John Paul II’s 1984 and 1987 Apostolic Visits to Canada, and Pope Benedict XVI’s 2009 meeting with Aboriginal and Church leaders in Rome.

Below are links to some of the texts of the Holy See highlighting the fellowship between the Catholic Church and Indigenous Peoples.