September 30th 2021 marks the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. This reflection is designed to take approximately an hour and we recommend that you take space to listen and reflect. You will be guided through three calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission with prayer and reflection prompts.
Consider using these verses and sermon starters for Indigenous Ministry Sunday.
We've made commitments throughout the years as a denomination to turn away from the sins of colonization and dehumanization and towards a better way of walking together, in respect of our treaties and Indigenous rights.
In 2016, Synod repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery and the concept of ‘terra nullius’ as heresies. What does this mean, why does it matter, and how can we live into this commitment to seek reconciled relationships built on respect between Indigenous peoples and other inhabitants of "Turtle Island"?
Every article in this declaration comes from a time when a right has been violated or outright denied to Indigenous peoples. What is our call as Christians as we bear witness to such profound brokenness?