Truth, Reconciliation, Indigenous Ministry
Our diocese seeks to live into the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action and confront the ways in which it has embodied colonial attitudes.
In 2008, the Anglican Church of Canada joined the federal government and four other denominations to establish the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) under court order through the Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Earlier, in 1993, our Primate at the time, Archbishop Michael Peers, offered an official apology to residential school survivors and their families for the Church’s involvement in running 36 residential schools.
In a first-of-its kind appointment, our former Bishop, Michael Bird, named Valerie Kerr as Archdeacon for Truth, Reconciliation, and Indigenous ministry. Archdeacon Val is charged with supporting the Bishop to implement the Anglican Church of Canada’s commitment to truth and reconciliation in the Diocese of Niagara. This ministry includes teaching, building relationships, and fostering healing and reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.
For more information contact The Venerable Valerie Kerr, Archdeacon for Truth, Reconciliation and Indigenous Ministry by email.
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’
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