For thousands of years, Indigenous people have walked in this land; their relationship with the land is at the centre of their lives and spirituality. We are gathered on the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, and acknowledge their stewardship of this land throughout the ages.
Trinity acknowledges Every Child Matters. Each September 30th, Trinity renews our efforts to seek more knowledge and understanding in our respond to Indigenous issues and concerns.
As the TRC’s Summary Report and Calls to Action make clear, we still have a very long journey ahead of us.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission unveiled a history that is not simply about misguided and profoundly abusive attempts to assimilate Indigenous peoples.
It also revealed a colonial legacy that continues to this day, making itself known in inequities and injustices in areas as far-ranging as education and child welfare, violence against women, and violation of treaty and nation-to-nation rights in the face of resource extraction on Indigenous lands.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has confirmed for Canada that the path towards reconciliation is also unquestionably the path towards justice.
In receiving the final Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and through resolution at General Council 42, the Church has committed itself to an agenda for reconciliation and justice.
For more than 30 years, the United Church and Indigenous peoples have been on a journey towards mutuality, respond and equity. Towards reconciliation. Towards Justice.