Words little solace for aboriginals
It was, in fact, her first and only emotion.
And it remains a constant.
"Why did the victim have to go to the offender to get his apology?" she asks. "Why did Phil Fontaine (Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, and himself a residential school survivor) have to cross an ocean?
"Why did the Pope not come to us? We're here, not there. And here is where it happened."
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"It's so easy to say, isn't it?" she says. "What he didn't say, though, was why now? And why it took so long?"
Within minutes of the Pope's message being posted online, Chaboyer was also reading the mostly anonymous comments tagged on various websites and blogs, many of them so vitriolic and hurtful that she had to pause to regain her strength.
"You've read them, the hate and the racism being tossed at us," she says. "We're being called whiners. We're being told to 'get over it,' to 'move on.' I'd like for them to walk in our shoes for generations, and then have to read those kind of comments.
"There is so much ignorance out there, and so much intolerance," she says. "It continues to amaze me how so many people are able to know so little."
This isn't the first time Pope Benedict and his Vatican have been less than fully sensitive to Indians. For more on the subject, see 13 Grandmas Accused of Idolatry, Pope Doesn't Admit Guilt, and Pope Insults Indians.
Below: "I forgive you, my ignorant children, for worshiping your heathen idols rather than the one true God."