Thursday, September 30, 2021
From Tony Snow, Indigenous Minister, Chinook Winds Region:
Truth and Reconciliation Day was established in Canada this year in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools and honour the survivors, their families, and communities.
Regional Commemorative Service. Noon MT
A service to commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools and honour the survivors, their families, and communities. You’ll be able to access this online service on the Chinook Winds YouTube Channel HERE.
Online Panel with Ecumenical Indigenous Clergy for Truth and Reconciliation Day 7 pm MDTWe gather a distinguished panel of ecumenical Indigenous Clergy voices from various denominations and spaces to discuss the history of residential schools, the impact of intergenerational trauma, the recovery of children’s bodies and the ongoing role of Indigenous ministry in the church’s dialogue about reconciliation today. We welcome special guests: Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald from the Anglican Church of Canada, Rev. Beryl St. Germain from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Rev. John Snow Jr. from the UCC Pacific Mountain Regional Council, Rev. Danny Zacharias from the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada and Father Cristino Bouvette from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary. They will join us to discuss the efforts and challenges of reconciliation in their own contexts.
Via zoom. Everyone Invited! Register HERE
Additional Ways to Mark Truth and Reconciliation Day:
• Individuals and Communities of Faith may want to spend time reading again The United Church of Canada’s 1986 Apology to Indigenous People, the 1988 response and the 1998 Apology to students of United Church Indian Residential Schools and their families and communities. Download the Apologies and Response HERE
• You may choose to read and reflect on the Calls to the Church.
• Throughout Truth and Reconciliation Week, people are encouraged to wear an orange shirt.