Grieving for our children

By NII K’AN KWSDINS (JERRY ADAMS) October 1, 2021 A version of this piece appeared in June on the website of the diocese of New Westminster. Nii K’an Kwsdins (Jerry Adams) The May discovery of the remains of 215 children who were buried on the grounds of the Kamloops Residential School, and the discovery of […]

Delving into the Meaning of National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We asked several people in our diocese for their reflections on what the day means for them, and for our ongoing work of reconciliation. The […]

Reflecting on Sacred Circle

The tenth gathering of Sacred Circle, the national decision-making body for Indigenous Anglicans in Canada, happened over three days from July 15 to 17. The Opening of Sacred Circle took place on at Six Nations of the Grand River, with the lighting of the sacred fire. The theme of this year’s Sacred Circle was “Returning Home: Remembering the Lost.” Since […]

Delving into the Meaning of National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We asked several people in our diocese for their reflections on what the day means for them, and for our ongoing work of reconciliation. The […]

Five years after the TRC report, reflections on reconciliation

A young participant in the TRC’s Walk for Reconciliation in Ottawa, May 31, 2015. Photo: Andre Forget ‘Every step … uncovers something else to do’ Five years after Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its final report and 94 Calls to Action as a response to the legacy of Canada’s Residential School system, the […]

Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts

“Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen lands, Strong Hearts” is a film about a devastating decision, made over 500 years ago, which continues to profoundly impact Indigenous and Settler people worldwide. Pope Alexander VI ruled that the lands being discovered by European explorers at the time was “empty” land and its millions of Indigenous inhabitants were “non-human”. […]