We recognize that we live, work, play and worship in the traditional and ancestral lands of the Coast Salish Peoples, in particular in the Kwa’mutsun Territory where St. Peter’s is located. We continue to commit ourselves to the work of reconciliation and relationship building with our First Nations neighbours.
“Reconciliation is about forging and maintaining respectful relationships. There are no shortcuts.” Justice Murray Sinclair
The recently concluded Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) came about as part of the settlement agreement between the Government of Canada, the Anglican Church of Canada, the Presbyterian Church in Canada, the Roman Catholic Church, and United Church of Canada, the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Organizations, and residential school students.
Since 2009 “the testimony of Indian residential school survivors revealed the horrible truth of what happened to tens of thousands of children from the 1820s to 1996 when the last school closed – a period directly affecting seven generations. Today, the legacy of residential schools continues to mar the lives of Indigenous peoples in Canada through the high numbers of Indigenous children in care, shortened life spans, and high rates of violence.” (Anglican Church of Canada, Mission and Justice Relationships)
“The six year mandate of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has come to an end. Closing events that happened in Ottawa, May 31 to June 3,2015 will help all who live in this land look back over the past six years of truth telling by Indian residential school survivors and truth listening by churches, government and all who call this place home.
There is an urgent need for reconciliation in this land. Now it is time to take action towards a new relationship. Participate in the building of a new and reconciling relationship through learning, listening, and acting.” (Anglican Church of Canada, Mission and Justice Relationships)
Events we have encouraged people to participate in:
For the period of March 6-27, 2016 during the liturgical church season of Lent, Bishop Logan McMenamie of the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia (Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands, Kingcome Inlet) walked 480 kilometres from Alert Bay to Victoria seeking permission from First Nations representatives to enter and stay on the traditional lands. This was a penitential sacred journey undertaken as a personal act of repentance by the bishop and on behalf of all Anglicans in this diocese. Several events were planned along the walk route, culminating in an Easter Day liturgy at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria. You can follow his Sacred Journey at http://www.reentersacredjourney.ca/
In collaboration with Hul’q’umi’num’ Language and Culture Collective, the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives presents a new summer exhibit called tthu hwsteli hwulmuhw |Coast Salish Canoe Paddlers. Check out the Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives website for complete details.
June 3, 10, 17 – Tolling of the Bell @ 2pm for 30 minutes, there will be a total of 5.5 hours of bells ringing across Canada each of these three days for missing and murdered Indigenous Canadian women.
June 21st 2015 – Aboriginal Sunday – Services @ 8am & 10am – Guest Speaker: Yvonne Van Ryk, First Nations Liaison, Queen of Angels School
November 7th, 2015 – Kathie Calamarie’s Cross Cultural Connections -Understanding the Village/ Building Bridges