In response to the devastating confirmation of unmarked graves on the grounds of former residential schools, and in honour of the children who were lost and all people living with the consequences of that legacy, The Presbyterian Church in Canada has established the Honouring the Children: Reconciliation and Residential Schools Fund. This fund will support initiatives associated with searches for unmarked burial sites in communities where schools were operated by The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
This work begins with listening. We continue to live out the covenants made in the 1994 Confession , be led by the principles articulated by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and seek the guidance of Indigenous people and affected communities. Responses may include searching for graves, responding to trauma and supporting healing initiatives. All work will complement efforts to address systemic racism against Indigenous people, both in the church and Canadian society, and the ongoing healing and reconciliation work being done in the ministries of the National Indigenous Ministry Council.
To begin, the church has committed $1 million from national funds, and invites congregations and individuals to make additional contributions to this important work.
For more information
- Read the church’s statement regarding residential schools
- Read the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation’s National Student Memorial Register
- View The Presbyterian Church in Canada and Residential Schools: A Narrative History
- Read about Indigenous justice on the Social Action Hub