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Aboriginal Peoples

Indian Residential Schools

In the past 20 years, the United Church has begun a directed, prayerful, and concerted effort to become more informed and responsive to the harmful effects of the residential school policy.

  • In working to resolve the Indian Residential Schools legacy, the United Church has developed statements of principle regarding healing and right relations.
  • Answers cover the history of the church’s involvement with residential schools, its apologies, settling abuse claims, the Settlement Agreement, and the ongoing work of healing and right relations.
  • News releases and announcements regarding the United Church's response to the Indian Residential Schools legacy.
  • The Residential Schools Update was published by the Committee on Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools until December 2013. For current work, please read Turning the Page Together.
  • You are invited to "live out" the church's apologies through the Toward Truth and Reconciliation worship service, and education and action that leads to right relations with First Nations peoples.
  • The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada is part of a comprehensive response to the legacy of Indian Residential Schools. The Commission is mandated to look at activities within residential schools.

Further Information on the United Church Website

  • Two funds have been created to address the residential schools legacy:
    • The Healing Fund supports many programs in Aboriginal communities that are helping people in the healing process
    • The Justice and Reconciliation Fund enables regional events in support of reconciliation and relationship-building initiatives between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples
  • See Aboriginal Day of Prayer for worship materials based on Aboriginal themes.

If you have questions regarding Indian Residential Schools, please contact the Residential Schools Steering Committee .

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