This half-hour video gives a brief overview of The Presbyterian Church in Canada’s role in colonization and residential schools. It is intended as an educational tool to help people understand the ways in which racism and colonial attitudes shaped the church’s mission, with devastating consequences.
The PCC has established a new fund to honour of the children who were lost at residential schools and all people living with the consequences of that legacy.
In response to the devastating confirmation of unmarked graves on the grounds of former residential schools in Canada, a statement was published, in consultation with the National Indigenous Ministry Council, and signed by the current and previous Moderator of General Assembly. It speaks, through repentance and lament and in humility, for the lives of all the children who were lost and makes many commitments for the church to act upon.
The Presbyterian Church in Canada has issued a statement of repentance and commitment to action, aware of our responsibility with regard to the sin of colonialism and operation of Indian Residential Schools.
The following are answers to some of the questions people are asking about the unmarked graves found at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. Church staff are also available to answer any further questions. For more information, please contact Allyson Carr in Justice Ministries. Read the PCC’s initial statement and [...]
The Presbyterian Church in Canada grieves with Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, who has released news that the unidentified graves of 215 children have been found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, as well as all those who lost family, friends or community members to Indian Residential Schools—for whom this news brings devastating pain, trauma and loss.
A prayer for Healing and Reconciliation Sunday on May 23 written by the Rev. Dr. Karen Dimock, minister at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Ottawa, Ontario, and a member of the Healing and Reconciliation Advisory Committee.
The Rev. Wally Hong, minister at Drummond Hill Presbyterian Church in Niagara Falls, Ont., writes about why reconciliation is important to recent Canadian immigrants.
The Rev. Kenn Stright, a retired Presbyterian minister and member of the Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee, writes about the significance of Treaty rights and why Mi’kmaq fishing rights are important to him.
Today marks the 54th anniversary of the tragic death of Chanie Wenjack, an Anishinaabe boy, who at the tender age of 12, ran away from the PCC-run Cecilia Jeffrey Residential School to return home, only to be found dead by hunger and exposure to harsh weather. It is said that the story of Chanie along with the painful legacy of residential schools is being taught in at least 40,000 classrooms across the country.