Reconciliation In Canada

The United Church of Canada, and Trinity-Grace United Church, are committed to the ongoing work of healing and reconciliation with the indigenous peoples of this land.

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June 2 is the anniversary of the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), addressing the history and legacy of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools system. The United Church of Canada operated 15 residential schools, accounting for 10 percent of students, all of whom suffered cultural loss and many of whom were subject to physical, sexual, and other forms of abuse in the schools. The United Church of Canada has adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework of reconciliation (Call to Action 48), and it has subsequently been implemented within our structures by the Calls to the Church and the creation of a self-determining Indigenous church. Further based on the different experiences of indigenous peoples across Canada, a respect of their culture, well being, safety, and perspective of justice is paramount. On June 2, please take some time in reflection, making use of this prayer by Carolyn Wilson Wynne from one of the services prepared for Indigenous Day of Prayer 2020:

Creator God, Great Spirit, whose compassion has been known in our lives more times than we can count, we open our hearts and souls to the needs of this world.

On this Indigenous Day of Prayer, we acknowledge the great injustices perpetrated against those who lived on and cared for this land long before our ancestors arrived.

We pray that with compassion and determination we will continue to make ourselves aware of the impact of Residential Schools, the Sixties Scoop, and the suppression of Indigenous culture and tradition so that the legacy of colonization is acknowledged by each of us.

Creator God, Great Spirit, you call us to relationships rooted in equality and respect. This day we covenant to be more aware of the racism that the Indigenous, Métis, and Inuit people of this country experience. We commit ourselves to raise our voices when we hear prejudiced comments, to guide others in the sacred direction of celebrating diversity that is your gift to humanity.

Creator God, Great Spirit, in the quiet of our hearts and through the witness of our beings we pray thanks for Your accompaniment on the journey toward individual and communal wisdom and understanding. Let us who are the Church stand in solidarity and true to Jesus’ call to reconcile with sisters and brothers.

Creator God, Great Spirit, hear our prayers and guide our actions from this moment on.

June 21 is the Indigenous Day of Prayer – please remember this anniversary and commit to the ongoing work of reconciliation in one of our two new orders of service, Seven Grandfather Teachings by Indigenous writer Deb Anderson-Pratt, or Covenant of Reconciliation by non-Indigenous writer Carolyn Wilson Wynne. Additional information about Indigenous Day of Prayer and its significance in the United Church can be found at Why an Indigenous Day of Prayer?