St. Paul’s Indigenous Circle is an active group in a United Church congregation in Bowmanville, Ontario encouraging all to travel the rocky and difficult road to healing and reconciliation.
Krista Forsberg, a 16-year-old Indigenous youth in The United Church of Canada, encourages people across the church to exercise their right to vote on election day.
Lori Ransom writes about here experience with Banff Teaching House, where Indigenous Elders and others are renewing and expanding perspectives through land-based learning.
Matthew Stevens writes that Acknowledgement of Territory Statements are just a beginning in the work toward Right Relations.
According to the Indigenous Calls to the Church, our Two Spirit relatives are welcome and a valued part of our circle. This act of acknowledgment fills me with pride because it is a step towards rebuilding our whole community from the generations of ignorance and mistreatment of Two Spirit… Read more
The Rev. Evan Noodin Smith writes that, "Within the church there have been very few attempts to start acknowledging Two-Spirit people."
Quebec City, traditional territory of the Wendat people, hosted one of the last hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). This particular hearing focused on the Justice System and Indigenous women. On arrival at the National Inquiry, I was… Read more
As a child living in my First Nation community, I used to walk to the freshwater stream with my great grandmother to bring water home because we did not have running water. In the wintertime, it was harder to get water because the stream and the community water pipe were frozen. Instead, we… Read more
Author Aimee Gavin writes about teaching her son to understand colonization and its impacts.
The GC43 Pilgrims learn from Creation and community, during their visit with the All Native Circle Conference.
The wooden prayer cross has been on my desk since a trip to Bethlehem some years ago. The grain of the olive wood is beautiful to the eye, and the cross is shaped to fit perfectly in a hand for a time of prayer or contemplation.
When a team of colleagues from our office signed up… Read more
Have you ever heard of the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Call to Action #82? Call to Action #82 challenges every province and territory to commission and install a “publicly accessible, highly visible, Residential School National Monument” in every capital city. The monuments are “to honour… Read more
Indigenous Day of Prayer reminds us that if we are to heal broken relationships, we must talk with one another. Let us begin today and never stop.
In 1971, the observance of June 21 as a National Indian Day of Prayer was formally recognized by The United Church of Canada, at the 24th General Council. In 1982 the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of a National Aboriginal Solidary Day.… Read more
Last fall, Aboriginal Ministries Circle and Indigenous Justice staff dined together in the dark at a Toronto restaurant called O Noir. O Noir draws its inspiration from Blindekuh, a restaurant opened in Zurich by a blind pastor named Jorge Spielmann. The idea is to give sighted diners an… Read more
On Tuesday, March 14, (Day 2) of the Dialogue on Reconciliation with the Uniting Church in Australia after a day of meetings with the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence and the Uniting Church of Australia Assembly… Read more
These are my blessings: seven adopted First Nations children that have chosen me as their mom. Our family has included many children, including White, Asian, transgender, Two Spirit, and more. As a family we choose to celebrate our differences and learn from each other. Sadly, we have… Read more
There was a sense of hope, and of moving forward, when on March 31 the United Church made a public statement on adopting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. But without doubt, there were also questions, not the least of which was “why?”
There is an easy… Read more