The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a new webpage on its site that traces the relationship between the Catholic Church in Canada and indigenous peoples.

It begins with demographic data, revealing Canada’s more than 1,172,000 indigenous peoples speak 50 traditional languages and represent about 3.8 per cent of the population. More than half live in major cities, and approximately 25 per cent identify as Catholic. It explains the Church’s diocesan structure and the responsibility of bishops and their local dioceses to offer pastoral ministry.

“It is the local bishop who knows best the needs and situation of the First Nations, Inuit, and MÇtis” in his diocese, the CCCB site says. It also points out, that many Catholic religious communities, “men and women, continue to work with indigenous peoples,” providing education, health care, and pastoral presence…

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