In her letter to members and communities of faith of The United Church of Canada, Moderator Jordan Cantwell expresses concern about the federal government’s decision to approve the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline:
Since 2012, our crest has included the Mohawk words Akwe Nia'Tetewá:neren, meaning “All My Relations.” These words capture a crucial principle for the United Church: the idea that all of creation is connected, and that we have a responsibility to respect all with whom we share the earth, whether that is other people, other beings, or the lands and the water. As we seek reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, so must we continue to seek reconciliation with all of creation.
We had dared to hope that such principles also underlay the Canadian government’s stated commitments to Indigenous rights and climate change. That hope was dashed on November 29 when Prime Minister Trudeau announced the government’s decision to approve the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline.
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