It appears that the Catholic Church is going to make a Mohawk woman from the 17thC a saint. I know that some FN groups are looking at it as a positive thing, particularly those who identify as Catholic, and it might go a long way towards healing for survivors of the residential school system. Despite that the process to make her a saint was begun more than 70 years ago, I still feel a bit apprehensive about it. It would have meant everything to her, but I can't help but wonder if it isn't a political move on behalf of the Church.
Is this a genuine gesture of healing, a strategic political move, a tokenization of an individual, or simply the making of a saint and completely unrelated to politics and FN people?
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