Residential Schools

MacDonald reflects on 10 years as National Indigenous Anglican Bishop

Every Sunday for the past decade, Canadian Anglicans have offered prayers for “our National Indigenous Bishop, Mark MacDonald.” For some, perhaps, it is a name...
Lost Innocence, a comic book dealing with the Indian residential school system, took author Brandon Mitchell two and a half years to write because of the difficulty of its subject matter. Photo: Saskia Rowley

Church funds residential schools comic book study guide

Lost Innocence is just a comic book, but it took two and a half years to write.

"I really believe that God is working resurrection among us," says the Rt. Rev. Jordan Cantwell, elected last summer as moderator of the United Church of Canada. Photo: Tali Folkins

New UCC moderator sees closer ties with Anglican church

The relationship between the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada (UCC) is back on track, the United Church's moderator says-and she's delighted about it.
Archdeacon Lynne McNaugton, of the ecclesiastical province of British Columbia, calls for the building of relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people at the local level. Photo: André Forget

Exploring the future of reconciliation in Canada

How best to continue the process of reconciliation, now that Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has issued its final report and released its calls to action?
"In Canada you cannot separate discussions about poverty or discussions about climate change without also talking about Indigenous rights," says ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson. Photo: André Forget

Bishop suggests ELCIC-Sacred Circle partnership

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) may not have the same residential school history that the Anglican Church of Canada does, but its national bishop, Susan Johnson, has committed her church to walking together in partnership with Indigenous Anglicans.
Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. Photo: Screen capture from Anglican Video

‘Speak truth to power,’ primate urges Anglicans

The church's "absolute and unwavering commitment" to addressing the injustices that Canada's Indigenous people continue to experience is one of the key elements in achieving meaningful reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada has said.
The Toronto truth and reconciliation exhibit has attracted thousands of visitors and is now being offered on loan to other Canadian venues. Photo: Michael Hudson

Truth and reconciliation exhibit ready to travel

All Saints' Anglican Cathedral, the see of the diocese of Edmonton, will be the next stop for Truth and Reconciliation: A Special Exhibit on the Legacy of the Residential Schools.
About 300 people gathered at Rideau Hall, the official home and workplace of the governor general, for the ceremony marking the end of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s work. Photo: Art Babych

As TRC ends, Johnston asks Canadians: ‘Where do we go from here?’

In a solemn ceremony marking the conclusion of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Governor General David Johnston urged Canadians to seize a historic opportunity "to look back, and to look forward together" and to begin "a new chapter in the story of Canada and its diverse peoples."
TRC Commissioner Marie Wilson, Governor General David Johnston, vice-regal consort Sharon Johnston, TRC chair Justice Murray Sinclair, Commissioner Chief Wilton Littlechild and a number of their grandchildren plant paper hearts on Rideau Hall grounds. Photo: Art Babych

Heart garden’ puts youth at forefront of reconciliation

The first event of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) began in Winnipeg in 2010 with residential school survivors lighting a sacred fire where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet; the last one ended in Ottawa on June 3 with children leading the way out of Rideau Hall and into a garden of paper hearts.
Archbishop Fred Hiltz reads the ecumenical response while (L-R) Fr. Peter Bisson, the Rev. Stephen Farris, Archbishop Gérard Pettipas and the Rt. Rev. Gary Paterson look on. Photo: Art Babych

Churches promise to heed TRC’s call to action

Acknowledging that their apologies for harms done at Indian residential schools "are not enough," Anglican, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and United church leaders on June 2 welcomed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) recommendations that they say will offer direction to their "continuing commitment to reconciliation" with Indigenous peoples.
Clara Fergus shares her experiences of the Brandon Indian Residential School with the help of a support worker. Photo: André Forget

For residential school survivors, impact lasts generations

"My mom and dad didn't tell us why they were putting us on the train. I thought they were coming with us," said Clara Fergus, a Cree woman from northern Manitoba to a sharing circle on the morning of June 1, at the beginning of the final event of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
Between 7,000 and 10,000 people from across Canada marched from Gatineau to Ottawa as part of the launch of the final event of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, May 31 to June 3, in Ottawa. Photo: Art Babych

Walk for reconciliation a celebration and a reminder

Drums thunder in the Rue Laurier underpass, and voices echo in song and conversation. Banners, placards, signs and flags catch the wind coming in off the Ottawa River, and below them thousands of marchers approach Portage bridge, which links Gatineau with Ottawa.
Baptism among Indigenous people has plummeted because churches "pretty much abandoned our communities in urban areas and reserves," says Bishop Mark MacDonald. Photo: Art Babych

Workshop explores role of the Bible in reconciliation

"The decolonization of the Bible has just begun," says Bishop Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada. "But it has been going on for a couple of hundreds of years among our elders."
The Rev. Andrew Wesley (holding an eagle feather) shares his experience as an Aboriginal priest at a reconciliation feast sponsored by Church of the Redeemer in December. Photo: Marites N. Sison

Reconciliation continues past TRC at Toronto church

Although June will see the final event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Ottawa, and the release of the commission's final report, the work of reconciliation is only just beginning for the Anglican Church of the Redeemer in downtown Toronto.
At the 2005 Sacred Circle, a national native gathering held every two to three years. Photo: Becky Boucher

Celebrating the covenant

In the Book of Genesis we read of a covenant between God and his people. "As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you" (Genesis 9:9).