The Pope's Invitation #6
Katsitsionni Fox, Sacred Empty Cradleboard and Kaluhyanuwes Shenandoah Powless
The silence of our babies voices will speak loudly inside the house of the abuser. Haudenosaunee Mothers are on a mission to carry a message of epic impact to the Vatican in Rome in the coming days.
Two weeks ago from today, March 22, 2022, I declined the invitation (from the Pope); instead requested for other delegates to go in my place. Katsitsionni Fox and Kaluhyanuwes Shenandoah Powless stepped up to my request to deliver a reverberating Empty Cardboard mandate to Pope Francis calling for a reverent accountability to all Onkwehonweh upon whom his institution inflicted harm.
The world must know about their role in the spiritual, cultural, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse at Residential Schools of Onkwehonweh children on turtle island.
An apology is needed for us to hear and heal; more importantly it's time for the abuser to stop the behavior and to uphold accountability to the harm done.
Additionally, a letter form the Elders Council will be delivered and the call for the repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery will also be included. Katsitsionni Fox and Kaluhyanuwes Shenandoah are traveling with a larger delegation sponsored by the Bishops of Canada to meet with the Pope. I am grateful for their sacrifice and their courage. I pray for their safe passage. Mommabear
Author: Wakerakats:te, Iakoiane of Roiane Tehanakari:ne
Bear Clan Mother of the Mohawk Nation Council, Louise Bear Herne
Photograph: Katsitsionni Fox
Bear Clan Mother Series #6
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