Yellowknives Dene participate in
co-cathedral celebration

Dettah Chief Edward Sangris, Father Marek, Bishop Hagemoen and Former Bishop Croteau at beginning of celebration.

Saint Patrick’s parishioners in Yellowknife will be walking into a cathedral when they go to mass this weekend.

Dettah Chief and residential school survivor and Edward Sangris was part of the ceremony re-dedicating the church to a co-cathedral.

“It’s part of reconciliation for our people for some understanding what we went through as Dene and reconcile with the Church. I know a lot of people don’t believe and changed their faith because of what happened to them, but you have to work on reconciliation to move onto the next world,” said Sangris after last Sunday’s celebration.

Oblate Bishop emeritus Denis Croteau says this transfer dates back to 17 resolutions from 1991.

“It was decided to eventually make Yellowknife into a co-cathedral but the Fort Smith people were very attached to the cathedral, we had already moved the administration to Yellowknife, so years later Bishop Mark talked with the people and they thought it was a good idea,” said Croteau.

It’s one of the final moves by outgoing Mackenzie-Fort Smith Bishop Mark Hagemoen, who was appointed to the Diocesse of Saskatoon in mid September by Pope Francis.

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Josh Campbell
Campbell is back as the host of the new CKLB Morning show the Breakfast Club. Before moving north in 2007, he graduated from Loyalist College's Broadcast Journalism Program.

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