September 30 is Orange Shirt Day – Bulletin Insert Available Sunday, September 30 is Orange Shirt Day, a day for communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children's sense of self-esteem and well being, to hear stories of [...]
In the early 7th century BCE, Ezekiel was living in Babylonia as part of the first wave of people sent into exile. In the mid 1700s, the Blackfoot Confederacy experienced first contact with Europeans.
Approximately 40 people attended the Atlantic Mission Society’s (AMS) Discovery Days event in Truro NS, April 27-28, 2018. The event focused on reconciliation. On Friday evening, the Rev. Dawn Griffiths, minister of Hartsville Presbyterian Church in PEI, led worship. She preached on Jacob and Easu and shared a personal account [...]
On April 27, letters were sent to the Prime Minister and to each Opposition Leader regarding Bill C-262, a Private Member’s Bill. Bill C-262 outlines a process and a timeline to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into Canadian law. The Commissioners of the Truth [...]
More than 150,000 Indigenous children attended residential schools between the mid-1800s and 1996. The Presbyterian Church in Canada ran eleven of these schools including two after 1925: Cecilia Jeffrey in Kenora, Ontario and Birtle in Western Manitoba. In 1994, General Assembly adopted a Confession to God and Indigenous people for [...]
In June 2017, thirty-three members of The Presbyterian Church in Canada visited Winnipeg Inner City Missions, the Kenora Fellowship Centre, Mistawasis Memorial Presbyterian Church and Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry; four of the ministries with Indigenous people supported by Presbyterians Sharing. They also visited the sites of Presbyterian-run Cecilia Jeffrey Residential [...]
As the Healing and Reconciliation Program Assistant, I am fortunate to support congregations in responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. On January 26, I had the joy of spending a day at First Presbyterian Church in Collingwood, Ontario to help facilitate a PA Day Camp about [...]
In 2016, General Assembly adopted three recommendations that encourage congregations, presbyteries and other church groups to include land acknowledgements in worship and meetings (Acts and Proceedings 2016, pg. 381).
On Wednesday, February 7, a majority of Members of Parliament voted in favour of Private Member’s Bill C-262, an act to ensure that the laws of Canada are consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This is an important step towards the Government of Canada [...]
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 [...]