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Papal visit organizers say survivors will be given priority at Alberta events

Papal visit organizers say survivors will be given priority at Alberta events

Ed Upland, left, and Ashley Sparvier, right, work to make a medicine wheel garden at the Ermineskin Residential School memorial in Maskwacis, Alta., on June 27. The garden will have quarters of red, green, yellow and white flowers with an orange perimeter.Amber Bracken/for the Globe and Mail

With only 10 days to go until the first papal visit to Canada in 20 years, organizers of the papal visit are scrambling to prepare for his arrival as thousands of people expect to attend.

In Alberta – the first stop in the six-day tour beginning July 24 – organizers estimate up to 15,000 people will attend a public event at Maskwacis, home of four First Nations, located south of Edmonton. Another 25,000 are expected to participate at the pilgrimage at Lac Ste. Anne, said Shane Schreiber, assistant deputy minister for the government of Alberta, at an Edmonton press conference Thursday. A mass at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium on July 26 has capacity for roughly 65,000 people.

Pope Francis’s visit, with the slogan “Walking Together,” will focus on healing and reconciliation with Indigenous people and the devastating legacy of the residential school system. The papal visit is also expected to draw thousands of practising Catholics from across the country. After arriving in Edmonton, the Pope will attend several events before travelling to Quebec City and ending his trip in Iqaluit.

Confirmation of the visit came six weeks after Pope Francis apologized at the Vatican on April 1 to almost 200 Indigenous delegates and survivors for abuses against children in the schools. Many survivors want to see the Pope issue a stronger apology when he is in Canada for the Catholic Church as a whole, rather than for the harms inflicted by individuals.

Ottawa commits more than $35-million for supports during Pope’s visit to Canada

The Catholic Church ran about 60 per cent of the government-run residential schools that operated for over a century and inflicted harms and abuse against Indigenous children. In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission called upon the Pope to apologize, in Canada, to survivors and their families for the abuses in the schools.

The Pope is expected to expand on his previous apology to residential school survivors at his first stop at the former Ermineskin Residential School in Maskwacis.

Anne Wildcat, the papal visit’s Maskwacis site co-ordinator, said organizers need to be mindful of emotions and trauma for survivors in their planning and logistics.

“This is really a solemn and emotional event, and so we’re trying to be very careful with our survivors, to ensure we have ample supports available at the event,” said Ms. Wildcat.

“We’re really hoping for the Holy Father’s visit is that it will be simple, meaningful and beautiful for those who will be able to view the events,” said Marion Haggarty-France, the papal visit’s Alberta sites co-ordinator, at the press conference.

Ms. Haggarty-France said they have had to plan the visit on a shorter than normal time frame. “Normally these events have years to plan for; we’ve had about four months,” Ms. Haggarty-France said.

The Alberta government is co-ordinating park and ride services for those who’ve registered for the events to help minimize traffic and is expecting temporary road closures and detours. Organizers are encouraging people to arrive early.

While organizers have assured several Indigenous communities that survivors will not be turned away from events, they said Thursday that capacity limits at each event will need to be taken into account. Prioritization will be given to survivors, particularly elders.

Ms. Wildcat said that Maskwacis is doing their best to manage expectations, capacity limits and safety, knowing a large number of people want to hear the apology in person. “We don’t want to turn anyone away, we don’t … specifically survivors, because this is for them and they’re our focus,” she said.

In Quebec City, organizers said last week that use of public transport is encouraged by anyone wishing to attend events there from July 27-29. Public viewing will be available on the Plains of Abraham, which has a capacity of 140,000 people. Indigenous survivors and their families will be given priority seating at all Quebec City events and the public viewing location.

The papal visit will cost Alberta between $10-million and $20-million, said Mr. Schreiber, amid infrastructure upgrades and road pavings.

The federal government said this week it will contribute more than $35-million during the visit to support survivors and Indigenous communities. This will include money for travel for survivors, community-led activities and translation of events in Indigenous languages.

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From Royal Rumble to Survivor Series: Marquee WWE events Cody Rhodes will miss due to torn pec

From Royal Rumble to Survivor Series: Marquee WWE events Cody Rhodes will miss due to torn pec
Cody Rhodes

Cody Rhodes is set to miss many marquee events in the remainder of 2022. Photo:


  • Cody Rhodes has been ruled out of action for 9 months due to a torn pec
  • The American Nightmare competed at Hell in a Cell with the injury
  • Cody is likely to be fit in time for Wrestlemania 39
Cody Rhodes‘ rise to the top of the WWE ladder was halted due to a torn pec that he suffered before his Hell in a Cell match against Seth Rollins. The American Nightmare looked set to establish himself after yet another win over Rollins but his rise quest to climb to the top was stymied due to the injury.
WWE has announced that Cody will stay out of action for 9 months, which rules him out of many marquee events. From Royal Rumble to Survivor Series, here’s a look at marquee events that Cody Rhodes will miss due to a torn pec –

Money in the Bank 2022

Cody was booked as the face of the company since his return and he was the sole superstar featured in the advertisement for Money in the Bank 2022. He became the center of attraction on the updated poster for the event. Despite the injury, the former Intercontinental Champion teased appearing on the show but he will now sit out of action for long.

Clash at the Castle

Cody was among very few superstars on the poster for Clash at the Castle 2022. The premium event will mark WWE’s comeback to the UK after 30 years. The UK hasn’t hosted a premium live event since SummerSlam 1992. Cody looked set to be part of a marquee match at the event. But the fans in Cardiff won’t be able to watch him in action.


SummerSlam is the Biggest Part of the Summer and can draw countless fans to the stadium as Wrestlemania does. Before the Clash at the Castle, Cody would have been in action in a stadium against another top-rated superstar at SummerSlam.

Survivor Series

Survivor Series is one of the top 4 premium live events of the year and Cody would have probably led Team Raw or would have been a part of a championship match. In his absence, Bobby Lashley, Kevin Owens and Rollins could be the frontrunners to lead the red brand later in the year.

Royal Rumble 2023

After it was confirmed that Cody was competing against Rollins with a torn pec, the fans expected him to make his return at Royal Rumble 2023, which is scheduled to take place in January. But since he is out of action for 9 months, the WWE Universe shouldn’t expect him to be one of the surprise entrants at the event.

Cody remains in line to be back at Wrestlemania 39 and he might once again face Rollins at the Show of the Shows.