“[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
Christ Church Cathedral is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk), at a place called Tio’tia:ke (Montreal), a meeting place for many First Nations, including the Haudenosaunee (Six Nation Confederacy), Anishinabeg and Algonquin peoples. We recognize and respect the Kanien’keha:ka as the traditional stewards of the land and waters of Tio’tia:ke. Our acknowledgement stands as a promise to continue the ongoing work of recognition and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

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.