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Call volumes to Indigenous crisis lines see huge spike during Pope’s visit to Canada

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Calls to crisis lines have doubled since Pope Francis arrived in Canada.

Indigenous Services Canada says its 24-hour support line is receiving calls from across the country.

A spokesperson says callers are displaying a range of emotions from healing after the Pope’s apology, for others it was triggering.

The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line received an average of 121 calls a day since January but the day
Francis apologized that number climbed to 277.

The Pontiff wraps up his Canadian visit today in Nunavut.

with files from Vista Radio newswire

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