On May 31, 2014, at the 140th General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, Phil Fontaine, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, was presented with a copy of the PCC’s Confession to Aboriginal Peoples, which he first received from the Rev. Dr. George Vais in 1994.
The PCC commemorated the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the confession by inviting Mr. Fontaine to attend General Assembly and give a short presentation. He was presented with another copy of the confession, now translated into Dakota, English, French, Korean, Ojibwe and Plains Cree.
Mr. Fontaine acknowledged the confession as a “special moment between the PCC and indigenous peoples” and as setting the stage for a journey that we embark on together. “On this journey we have to walk together,” he said. “We no longer live in an isolated world apart from one another; we are very much together.”
The Presbyterian Church in Canada is committed to living out its confession to “seek opportunities to walk with Aboriginal peoples to find healing and wholeness together as God’s people” with justice, peace and in friendship.
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