“For more than three decades, the Anglican Church of Canada has been on a journey of listening, truth-telling, repentance and healing with Indigenous Peoples, both within and outside the church. There is an urgent need for further healing and justice-seeking across the land, and we all have a role to play.” ~Anglican Church of Canada Website

 

 

The community of St. Laurence seeks to be an open and inclusive community.  As such, we acknowledge that we have much to learn.  We also seek to be a community of reconciliation. Members of Issues and Action have been involved in teachings and reflections about Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, looking for ways to deepen our knowledge of the stories of Indigenous people, the trauma experienced through systemic racism, residential schools and disproportionate engagement of child welfare in the lives of Indigenous families.

Fall 2020 we explored the history of the church and the peoples of Canada, using as a basis the Anglican Church video Doctrine of Discovery, which can be viewed above.

Winter 2020/21 we explored our own histories and the histories and resilience of the Indigenous peoples on whose lands we live. Spring 2021 we  continued where we left off with a speaker series. Two conversations are available to watch above.

Summer 2021 we experienced the culture, tradition and history of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation while paddling a 35 foot traditional style ocean-going canoe. We also participated in a walk through Mundy Park with a traditional indigenous herbalist.

Fall 2021 we hosted and participated in the Kairos' Blanket Exercise. Spring 2022 we held a book study of One Native Life by Richard Wagamese.

The Anglican church of Canada's toolkit:  https://www.anglican.ca/resources/reconciliation-toolkit/