First Nation celebrates first Aboriginal saint to be canonized
A man looks at the tomb of Kateri Tekakwitha at St. Francis Xavier Church, Monday, December 19, 2011 in Kahnawake, Que, south of Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Aboriginal people across Canada are celebrating the recognition of the first Aboriginal saint.
On October 21, Kateri Tekakwitha, an Algonquin-Mohawk woman who died in 1680, will be canonized by Pope Benedict at the Vatican.
Kateri was approved for sainthood when the church recognized, as a miracle, the healing of a five-year-old boy who had flesh-eating disease.
This week, the Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation is hosting a jamboree to celebrate with prayers, singing and services.
The event will take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine at St. Laurent, about seven kilometres north of Duck Lake on Highway #2. The ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.