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Indigenous People and The PCC: Borrow the Banner for your Congregation

2017-12-12T22:23:24+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Categories: Healing & Reconciliation|

In May, Justice Ministries published a timeline poster outlining The Presbyterian Church in Canada’s relationship with Indigenous people since 1866. There are now three banners (2.5’x10’) available that congregations may borrow to animate these moments in the church’s history and our reconciliation journey. Sharing the church’s history and involvement in [...]

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Follow-Up to the National Healing and Reconciliation Gathering

2017-12-13T13:17:07+00:00 November 25th, 2017|Categories: Healing & Reconciliation|

During the National Healing and Reconciliation Gathering on September 15-17 in Pickering, Ont., participants discussed ways that members of The Presbyterian Church in Canada could get involved in reconciliation. The following are some of their ideas: Become a KAIROS Blanket Exercise facilitator Raise awareness and talk with elected officials about [...]

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Reconciliation in the Season of Advent

2017-12-13T13:29:09+00:00 November 24th, 2017|Categories: Healing & Reconciliation, News|

In this season of anticipation and contemplation, we consider the life and ministry of Jesus Christ and how we may emulate his example in the world. The following are ways that you may incorporate reconciliation into your worship, prayer and giving this Advent season. Hummingbird Ministries preparing for the [...]

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Secret Path in Orillia

2017-12-12T21:55:39+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Categories: Healing & Reconciliation|

Over 300 people gathered at the end of September to welcome Mike Downie to Orillia. Mike, brother of the late Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip, and an award winning film-maker, was invited to speak about the inspiration behind the creation of Secret Path – a multi-media project that produced [...]

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Be Part of the Blanket Exercise Movement

2017-12-12T21:38:22+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Categories: Healing & Reconciliation|

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that explores the history and current relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. Since it was developed in the late 1990s in response to the Final Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the KAIROS Blanket Exercise has been [...]

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Support TRC Call to Action #43 – UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

2018-01-10T13:47:42+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Healing & Reconciliation, News|Tags: , |

The UN Declaration is the minimum standard to ensure the survival, dignity and well-being of Indigenous people all over the world. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) has said the UN Declaration is the framework for reconciliation. Call to Action #43 asks municipal, provincial and federal [...]

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“The Regina Indian Industrial School (1891-1910): Historical Overview and Chronological Narrative” by Douglas Stewart

2017-12-13T13:22:17+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Categories: Healing & Reconciliation|

This well-written book, based on extensive archival research in Canadian libraries and archives, will help the reader understand Indian Industrial Schools in Canada. While many readers will benefit from reading about the Regina Indian Industrial School (RIIS), operated by The Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC), I recommend this book for [...]

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National Healing and Reconciliation Gathering

2017-12-12T17:39:58+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Categories: Healing & Reconciliation|

On September 15-17, 41 Presbyterians and Indigenous colleagues gathered from across Canada to listen, share and inspire one another in the church’s reconciliation journey. The event was opened and closed by Jake Charles, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation. Participants heard presentations from Dave Mowat (a [...]

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A Walk to Remember

2017-12-12T21:12:22+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Categories: Healing & Reconciliation|

A large group of people walked together down a dusty, gravel road on July 26 to remember the lives of children lost at the Regina Indian Industrial School (RIIS). A diverse group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous children and adults, elders and chiefs, church members, government officials, and police officers spent [...]

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Healing and Reconciliation Tour

2017-12-12T21:12:53+00:00 October 1st, 2017|Categories: Healing & Reconciliation|

Earlier this year, I participated in The Presbyterian Church in Canada’s Healing and Reconciliation Tour to Winnipeg (MB), Kenora (ON), Birdtail (MB), Saskatoon (SK) and Mistawasis (SK). As I prepared for the trip, I asked myself the typical questions: What do I pack? Who will I meet? What will we [...]

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