This is the story about history's deep scars. And of a possible, if difficult, reconciliation. It is also a story of deep survival. In April 2022 it was quite something to see Indigenous Canadians, proud in their costumes, under Bernini's colonnade at the Vatican waiting to meet the Pope. When the impressive monument was being built, in 1600, their colonial catastrophe was starting. It was also quite something to see the old Pope, in deep pain for a troubled knee, travelling to Canada's desolate plains, to the Arctic frontier, to the sacred lakes, to the ancestral lands to say: 'I am sorry''