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August 9: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

August 9 each year is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, as declared by the United Nations. There are an estimated 370 million Indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. While making up less than 5 per cent of the world's population, they account for 15 per cent of the poorest people [...]

2017-08-08T12:52:04+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |Comments Off on August 9: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous People and the PCC: Timeline Poster Now Available

A new timeline poster from Justice Ministries is now available that outlines the historical relationship between The Presbyterian Church in Canada and Indigenous people of our country. The timeline is from 1866 to 2017, beginning with James Nisbet, the first Presbyterian missionary with Indigenous people in Canada who establishes the mission near what is today Prince Albert, [...]

2017-05-31T15:08:13+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |Comments Off on Indigenous People and the PCC: Timeline Poster Now Available

PCC Confession to Aboriginal Peoples Translated into Seven Languages (Newly Added: Mandarin)

"It is with humility and in great sorrow that we come before God and our Aboriginal brothers and sisters with our confession." The Confession of The Presbyterian Church in Canada is a statement that was adopted by the General Assembly on June 9, 1994. It acknowledges the harm that we have done, addresses our insensitivity to Indigenous [...]

2017-06-23T15:17:12+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |Comments Off on PCC Confession to Aboriginal Peoples Translated into Seven Languages (Newly Added: Mandarin)

Time for Justice: New Bulletin Inserts Available

Five bulletin inserts from the International Affairs Committee draw attention to God’s message of care that leads us to offer hospitality and to be concerned with healing broken relationships and upholding the dignity of all people. These bulletins reflect upon the situation of Dominican citizens of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic, Koreans in Japan, Roma [...]

2017-02-17T12:28:25+00:00 February 10th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |Comments Off on Time for Justice: New Bulletin Inserts Available

November 20-27 is Restorative Justice Week

Restorative Justice Week 2016 will be held in Canada and throughout the world from November 20-27. This year's theme for the Church Council on Justice and Corrections (CCJC) is “Imagine Justice.” CCJC, a partner organization of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, promotes a restorative approach to justice with an emphasis on addressing the needs of [...]

2016-11-07T14:09:18+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |Comments Off on November 20-27 is Restorative Justice Week

New Worship Resource for Healing and Reconciliation

Our church’s journey toward reconciliation continues. Justice Ministries has produced a new worship resource, A Time for Hope, to assist worship leaders to lift up in prayer the people who are living with the legacy of residential schools and those living out the spirit of the UN Declaration. While both services in the resource can be [...]

2016-10-13T13:28:17+00:00 May 11th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |1 Comment

Churches respond to TRC deadline on commitment to reconciliation

Watch the video of the Press Conference, March 30, 2016 at the Charles Lynch Room at Parliament Hill  Representatives from churches and religious organization issue ecumenical statement in a press conference on Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON) – Eight churches and religious organizations jointly declared their commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) [...]

2016-10-13T13:28:19+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |Comments Off on Churches respond to TRC deadline on commitment to reconciliation

The Presbyterian Church in Canada Issues Statement on TRC Call to Action 48 and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action #48 encourages the churches that are parties to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) and all other faith groups and interfaith social justice groups in Canada to formally adopt and comply with the principles, norms and standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of [...]

2016-03-30T10:45:13+00:00 March 29th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |Comments Off on The Presbyterian Church in Canada Issues Statement on TRC Call to Action 48 and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Moderator Receives Update from Global Affairs Canada on Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim in North Korea

January 26, 2016 Rev. Karen Horst Moderator, 141st General Assembly Presbyterian Church in Canada Dear Rev. Horst: I am writing in response to your correspondence of January 13, 2016, addressed to the Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, regarding the detention of the Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim, in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The [...]

2016-02-03T14:42:10+00:00 February 3rd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |Comments Off on Moderator Receives Update from Global Affairs Canada on Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim in North Korea

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Opens in Winnipeg

The official opening of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) in Winnipeg took place this week on Wednesday, November 4, along with the launch of the Centre's database that holds Canada's memory of the legacy of Indian residential schools. The online database is open to the public, containing rich multi-media that documents the overall history, as [...]

2016-10-13T13:28:24+00:00 November 6th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |Comments Off on National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Opens in Winnipeg