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Feb 11 7:00 PM – Victoria Freeman speaks What does it mean to say we are “treaty people” in Toronto?

JOIN Victoria Freeman and Zachary Smith at the Church of the Holy Trinity Trinity Square, Toronto (west of the Eaton Centre) What does it mean to say we are “treaty people”… Read More »Feb 11 7:00 PM – Victoria Freeman speaks What does it mean to say we are “treaty people” in Toronto?

Ecumenical Working Group on Residential Schools

Reflections to Spark Conversation on Christian Theology

April 2015 It has been 45 years since the formal participation of mainline Christian churches in the Indian residential school system was dramatically reduced, and more than 25 years since survivors began confronting those in the church with the disastrous consequences of that system on themselves, their families, their communities, languages and cultures. For a long time, the churches avoided coming to terms with this history and its legacy. The subject of residential schools has been shrouded in silence and justified by a veneer of “good intentions.” It only has been relatively recently that churches have begun to reflect in deep humility on the theological assumptions and interpretations that gave rise to the churches’ complicity in this evil. This paper proposes that theological colleges, learning centres, and scholars have vital roles to play in supporting deeper theological engagement with this topic.Read More »Ecumenical Working Group on Residential Schools

#22days

The Anglican church had a century-long history of working with the government to run close to 30 residential schools for Indigenous children. Though individual participants may have had nobler intentions, the underlying colonial aim was to break Indigenous cultures, and to assimilate the children into the bottom rungs of a hierarchical society. Doing that, we destroyed families and communities, and drove students and their parents, siblings and children into dysfunction and addiction. Many were also sexually abused.

We recognized our wrongdoing and withdrew from running the schools in 1969. It took us another quarter century to apologize to former students and their families. We’ve been trying to live into that apology ever since, pushing for justice, healing and reconciliation. This is also a process of decolonizing ourselves.Read More »#22days

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