N.W.T. bishops apologize after Kamloops residential school discovery. Some say it's not enough

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In the absence of a papal apology for the Catholic church’s role in the atrocities of residential schools, the Northwest Territories’ bishop is offering his own. 

“I’m deeply, deeply sorry,” Bishop Jon Hansen of the Mackenzie-Fort Smith Diocese said on Tuesday.

“We are representatives of a church that is complicit, is involved in those children’s deaths, and so we have to own that.

“We have to grapple with what that means for us, and we have to move forward and do what this time in history is asking of us,” Hansen said. “That is to atone for whatever wrong was done.”

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