Iqaluit

Papal visit in pictures

Pope Francis waves goodbye to the crowd outside Nakasuk Elementary School Friday evening. (Photo by David Venn)

Message from the crowd greets Pope Francis in Iqaluit

Audience member urges him to rescind 500-year-old Doctrine of Discovery, blamed for enabling colonialism around the world

As Pope Francis took the stage in Iqaluit Friday night, a person in the crowd held up this sign urging him to rescind the Catholic Church’s Doctine of Discovery, issued in the 1500s and which is widely blamed for helping lead to colonialism around the world. (Photo by Emma Tranter)

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Brushing up for the pope: Workers add fresh coat of paint to Nakasuk school

A painter applies a fresh coat of white paint to the outside of Nakasuk Elementary School in Iqaluit on Wednesday. The new paint job is part of the ongoing preparations to welcome Pope Francis, who is expected to arrive Friday afternoon and make a public address in front of the school after meeting privately with Indigenous residential school survivors inside the school. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

Papal planning: Workers add fenced barrier at Iqaluit school Pope Francis will visit

Preparations continue Wednesday for Friday’s arrival of Pope Francis at Nakasuk Elementary School in Iqaluit. Workers from NCC Development Ltd. erected a stage with lights and a fenced barrier at the front entrance to the school, where the Pope is expected to make a public address Friday afternoon after first privately meeting with Indigenous residential school survivors. Pope Francis is scheduled to travel to Quebec City on Wednesday, the second city on his tour after Edmonton, where he delivered an apology for the abuses that many Indigenous children experienced at Canada’s residential schools. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

Papal planning: Workers build stage at Iqaluit school Pope Francis will visit

Workers from NCC Development Ltd. set up a temporary stage Tuesday outside Nakasuk Elementary School in Iqaluit. Pope Francis is expected to arrive in Iqaluit on Friday to meet with survivors of the residential school system once run by the Catholic Church, before holding a public event around 5 p.m. It’s estimated 150,000 Inuit, First Nations, and Metis children attended residential schools from the 1800s up to the 1990s. Many Indigenous children suffered abuse there. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

Preparing for the Pope: Workers build ramp at Iqaluit school Francis will visit

Workers from NCC Development Ltd. build a wooden wheelchair-accessible ramp outside Nakasuk Elementary School in Iqaluit early Monday. The temporary ramp is to accommodate Pope Francis when he arrives Friday to meet with survivors of the residential school system once run by the Catholic Church. It’s estimated 150,000 Indigenous children attended those schools during the 1800s up to the 1990s, many of whom suffered abuse there. Organizers of the papal visit say the 85-year-old pontiff will use a wheelchair during most of his Canadian visit due to his “advanced age and physical limitations.” In Iqaluit, Francis will also hold a public event Friday afternoon. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

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