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”. […]