truth and reconciliation

[God] has told you, O mortal, what is good;  and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”  Michah 6:8

The Cathedral stands in the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee & Anishinaabe

Our Cathedral supports the work of the Truth Reconciliation Commission to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.

The Commission have published 94 “calls to action” which urge all levels of government — federal, provincial, territorial and aboriginal — to work together to change policies and programs in a concerted effort to repair the harm caused by residential schools and move forward with reconciliation.

The “calls to action” are divided into two parts: legacy (1 to 42) and reconciliation (43 to 94.) Our Cathedral voted as to which ‘call to action’ we would first focus on to be part of the truth and reconciliation process. Our community chose ‘Call 62’ which is part of the Education for reconciliation.

  1. We call upon the federal, provincial, and territorial governments, in consultation and collaboration with Survivors, Aboriginal peoples, and educators, to
  1. Make age-appropriate curriculum on residential schools, Treaties, and Aboriginal peoples’ historical and contemporary contributions to Canada a mandatory education requirement for Kindergarten to Grade Twelve students
  2. Provide the necessary funding to post-secondary institutions to educate teachers on how to integrate Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods into classrooms.
  3. Provide the necessary funding to Aboriginal schools to utilize Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods in classrooms
  4. Establish senior-level positions in government at the assistant deputy minister level or higher dedicated to Aboriginal content in education.

Truth and Reconciliation posts

  • Ecumenical Conference on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

    The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples  A challenge for Canadians, an opportunity for churches 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday, May 20, 2017 Westmount High School, 4350 Saint-Catherine St, Westmount, QC H3Z 1R1 You are warmly invited to participate in this conference organized by the four denominations signatory to the Indian Residential […]

  • Putting the Gospel in the middle of the Sacred Circle

    “Putting the Gospel in the Centre of our Sacred Circle” is one way to share individually or in small groups with a practice used by Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island. (Similar methods have been used in Latin America.) Any event or meeting can be organized and carried out with the Gospel in the centre. To […]

  • The ongoing work of reconciliation … how will you take part?

    For Lent this year, SJAG (the Cathedral’s Social Justice Action Group) proposes we select one of the 94 recommendations put forward by the Truth & Reconciliation Commission in their final report in 2015. They have winnowed these down to 10 possibilities… and invite you to vote on Sunday or to take part in this doodle poll to help choose […]

  • Generosity and Grace: Reflections on the North

    During the past ten years, I have had the great privilege and challenge of working with Cree and Inuit children who live in Northern Quebec and Nunavik. I am very much indebted to the cathedral community, and the social action group, for this opportunity to share some reflections on this experience.As a literacy specialist and […]

  • Reflections on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

    Taddy Stringer is Métis and a parishioner and chorister at Christ Church Cathedral and an activist committed to human rights both internationally and in Canada.  Taddy also works as a psycho-educational consultant in the many Cree and Inuit communities of James Bay, Hudson’s Bay and the Ungava coast.   When I was invited to speak […]

Resources & Links

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Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC)

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation: Education and the NCTR

University of Regina Education department

Dr. Shaueen Pete – 100 Ways to Indigenize and Decolonize Academic Programs and Courses:

UN Declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples

Kairos: Winds of Change campaign:

Anglican Church of Canada:

  1. Let our “yes” be yes, Statement by Archbishop Fred Hiltz
  2. Truth and Reconciliation
  3. Resources on Truth and Reconciliation