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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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.
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September 5, 2019

The Healing Fund directs funding to innovative projects to address the ongoing impacts of the Indian Residential School System for survivors and their descendants. Awakening Indigenous is a program funded by the Healing Fund of the United Church that inspires its participants by teaching self-care and healing through breath work and meditation techniques.

Jenny Morgan, Gitxsan First Nation, and Nathan Zafran, Polish/Jewish ancestry, formed Awakening...

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September 5, 2019

Last fall, Aboriginal Ministries Circle and Indigenous Justice staff dined together in the dark at a Toronto restaurant called O Noir. O Noir draws its inspiration from Blindekuh, a restaurant opened in Zurich by a blind pastor named Jorge Spielmann. The idea is to give sighted diners an experience of what it is like for visually impaired individuals to dine out. And as at Blindekuh, all of O Noir’s wait staff are visually impaired.

This would be a new experience for us. A blind diner, of course, would have many more strategies for independence than we did. But I was excited about...

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April 20, 2018
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September 20, 2019
Show your support for the rights of Indigenous peoples to participate in decision making and to free, prior, and informed consent.
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September 5, 2019

Kenji Marui travelled to Australia as part of the Moderator’s Dialogue on Reconciliation to consult and build relationship with the Uniting Church in Australia, the Uniting Aboriginal Islander Christian Congress, and Indigenous groups in Australia. He shares some of his experience here. For more perspectives from the Dialogue on Reconciliaiton, see "Practicing Good Relations" and...

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September 5, 2019

On Tuesday, March 14, (Day 2) of the Dialogue on Reconciliation with the Uniting Church in Australia after a day of meetings with the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence and the Uniting Church of Australia Assembly Standing Committee Office of the National Assembly I had the pleasure of listening to Nicky McKay (Berens River, MB) and Samantha (Sam) Miller (Six Nations of the Grand River, ON) as they reflected on the day’s events. The following summarizes their conversation.

The Indigenous crisis in...

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March 12, 2018
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October 1, 2018
Moderator leads return visit to Indigenous church in Australia, as part of mutual journey toward self-determination and reconciliation
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