Reconciliation and Indigenous Justice

We now stand at a crucial time in the life of the church, and the history of Canada, when we can see the journey through. 

For more than thirty years, the United Church and Indigenous peoples have been on a journey towards mutuality, respect and equity. Towards reconciliation. Towards justice.

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March 12, 2019
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March 12, 2019
Ecumenical leaders write Prime Minister Trudeau concerning duty to consult with First Nations
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February 26, 2019
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February 26, 2019
Moderator Richard Bott and Executive Minister Maggie Dieter have written to the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls commending the findings of a recent report.
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February 11, 2019
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February 19, 2019
An ecumenical letter urging senators to vote in favour of Bill C-262, The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act .
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January 17, 2019
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January 17, 2019
Moderator Richard Bott and Indigenous Ministries and Justice Executive Minister Maggie Dieter have written to Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister of Indigenous-Crown Relations Carolyn Bennett, and BC Premier John Horgan with respect to events on Wet’suwet’en territory.

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September 20, 2019

Ask the federal and BC governments to embody the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in their relationships with Indigenous Peoples.

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October 17, 2018
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March 12, 2019
Braiding Reconciliation Prayer, inspired by a teaching shared by Youth Forum at General Council, marks 20th anniversary of 1998 Apology.
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September 5, 2019

Orange Shirt Day is an invitation to everyone to wear an orange shirt to show their compassion for the survivors of the Indian Residential Schools and to say that all children matter. Orange Shirt Day began with Phyllis (Jack) Webstad’s story, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) woman from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation who went to St. Joseph Mission Residential School. On her first day of school, Phyllis’s grandmother dressed her in an orange shirt. When Phyllis entered the school, she was stripped of her orange shirt and she...

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August 13, 2019

For several decades, Indigenous communities of faith have gathered nationally to discuss matters of self-determination, spirituality, and their relationship with The United Church of Canada. These gatherings are a forum for listening to one another and discerning Creator’s plan for mission and ministry.

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September 5, 2019

Have you ever heard of the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Call to Action #82? Call to Action #82 challenges every province and territory to commission and install a “publicly accessible, highly visible, Residential School National Monument” in every capital city. The monuments are “to honour Residential School Survivors and all the children who were lost to their families and communities.” 

Rising to the challenge, Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre, the City of Toronto, and the Ontario Government collaborated to create ...

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June 20, 2018
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March 12, 2019
How you can help stop parents from being separated from their children—in both countries.