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A small crowd of media and concerned Montrealers gathered near the Mordecai Richler gazebo yesterday afternoon to hear from two groups united by their experiences at the hands of the Catholic church. The press conference, organized by the Citizens' Committee of Milton Parc, was announced in response to the Pope's visit and apology, deemed insufficient by the Kanien'kehà:ka kahnistensera, or Mohawk Mothers — the first group to speak.

The Kanien'kehà:ka kahnistensera are currently contesting McGill University's planned project at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

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The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada 24/7. Those who may need support can call 1-855-242-3310 or visit their website to chat.

The abandoned old Royal Vic Hospital could see a revamp, following the approval of McGill University's redevelopment plans by the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM). An OCPM report released on Tuesday endorsed the project that would turn the looming stone structures at the foot of Mont Royal into a research hub for sustainable development and public policy. But the consultative body also noted the site's troubled history with ties to illegal human experimentation and the abuse of Indigenous youth.

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