- from Telling and Teaching the Truth: The Church’s Obligation to Education about the Ongoing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery (a statement from the national leaders of the Anglican/Episcopal and Evangelical Lutheran churches in Canada and the United States)
We acknowledge that the diocese conducts its activities on the traditional and unceded territory of the Wabanaki people, which includes the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik, and Peskotomuhkati nations. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship,” entered into with the British Crown in the 1700s, to establish an ongoing relationship of peace, friendship, and mutual respect.
Anglican Church of Canada Indigenous Ministries, supporting the Indigenous Peoples of Canada (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) spiritually, socially, economically and politically, recognizing that the purity of the land base provides for all our needs. As active participants in the life of the church, they strive for reconciliation with the Anglican Communion and work towards Indigenous self-determination.
Anglican Church of Canada Resources for National Day of Truth and Reconciliation
Telling and Teaching the Truth: The Church’s Obligation to Education about the Ongoing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery, a statement from the national leaders of the Anglican/Episcopal and Evangelical Lutheran churches in Canada and the United States.
The Immigrant Education Society:
Every Child Matters: Grace Will Lead Them Home - a video service of reflection and prayer from Anglican Church of Canada Indigenous Ministries, September 30, 2021
Orange Shirt Day, now a federal holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, is held annually on September 30 in Canadian communities. This has been enacted to help ensure that the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools is never forgotten and provide federal public servants an opportunity to reflect on this. On this day people are encouraged to wear an orange shirt and to participate in activities to promote awareness of the residential school experience and the impact it has had on Indigenous communities for over a century, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation. It is a day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected. Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on.
The day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in May 2013. As spokesperson for the Reunion group leading up to the events, former student Phyllis (Jack) Webstad told her story of her first day at residential school when her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her as a six-year old girl.