A. The History of Indian Residential Schools and the Church’s Apologies
- What was a residential school? How was the United Church involved?
- When did our church first begin to question its role in the schools?
- What are the “legacy of residential schools” and the “mission school syndrome”?
- Why has the United Church apologized for its role in residential schools?
- Do I share responsibility for what happened at the residential schools?
B. Settling Abuse Claims
- Is the United Church being sued because of what happened in the schools?
- Can abuse claims be settled without going to court?
- What if false or suspect claims are made?
- Does the church have financial resources to meet our legal and moral obligations?
C. The Settlement Agreement on Residential Schools
- What is the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement?
- What does the Settlement Agreement mean for former students of residential schools?
- What are the implications of the Settlement Agreement for The United Church of Canada?
- Why is the Canadian government refunding monies to the United Church related to residential schools? How will this money be used?
- Is the Truth and Reconciliation (T&R) Commission the same as a public inquiry?
- What archival information does the United Church have on the residential schools and what will it make available to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission?
- Will the Settlement Agreement be the end of the United Church’s response to residential schools?
D. The Ongoing Work of Healing and Right Relations
- What is the United Church’s understanding of reconciliation?
- What is the role of the Residential Schools Steering Committee?
- What is the Healing Fund and what has it been able to accomplish?
- Does the United Church recognize the ministry of former employees of the schools?
- What is the United Church’s relationship to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and other Aboriginal groups, including survivors’ groups?
- As an individual, what can I do to be part of the healing process?
- What can congregations do to live out our church’s apologies to First Nations Peoples?