Journey towards Reconciliation


Information regarding resource person Carolyn Klaassen
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Suggested Resources from the Journey towards Reconciliation Facilitation Team.
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From the BC Synod’s “Journey Towards Reconciliation Working Group”:

We stand in support of the Wet’suwet’en Nation and invite you to read the KAIROS statement which also represents the ELCIC. In peace, the BC Synod “Journey Towards Reconciliation Working Group.”
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Excerpt from the KAIROS statement: “KAIROS stands with the Wet’suwet’en Peoples in asserting these rights and calls on government and industry to uphold the rights of Indigenous peoples as expressed in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” 

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Reconciliation Canada Reconciliation Canada also has a newsletter they send out monthly if anyone wants to receive it.  It has good information on events that are happening and of resources that may be of use to us as we move along this journey to reconciliation.

Anglican Church of Canada Indigenous Ministries Video re Doctrine of Discovery (study guide also available)

Documentary: Reserve 107
This video follows a reconciliation process that took place in the province of Saskatchewan.  Discussion guides also are available.  

ELCIC Public Policy on Indigenous Rights and Relationships (from ELCIC website)

Liberated by God’s Grace, the ELCIC encourages all members and congregations to reflect upon our own national and church history, to seek greater understanding of the issues facing Indigenous peoples, and to walk with Indigenous peoples in their ongoing efforts to exercise their inherent sovereignty and fundamental human rights.

Canada is currently living in a historic moment for seeking truth and reconciliation.  For the last 6 years, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has been listening to the stories and gathering the statements of survivors of the Indian Residential Schools and anyone else who feels they have been impacted by the schools and their legacy in order to hear and document the truth of what happened. The TRC has also been considering what is required for reconciliation. While the work of the TRC is concluding, the recommendations of the TRC will be a new call to form more respectful, just and equitable relationships. This involves both a deeper, more honest understanding of the history of colonialism and Indian Residential Schools, and addressing current issues of indigenous rights, climate change, resource extraction, poverty and racism.

In 2011, the ELCIC made a commit to promote right and renewed relationships between non-indigenous and Indigenous Peoples within Canada. In July, 2015, the ELCIC renewed this commitment to truth, reconciliation and equity by repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery.

We understand this to be both an urgent and a long-term commitment.