Truth and Reconciliation

 “Pope Francis has called us to be a church in dialogue, a reconciled and reconciling community, giving witness in a world that often questions faith’s relevance and credibility. We need to love one another and our neighbours with an openness and humility that invite relationship and engagement in many areas: seeking truth and reconciliation between peoples; working for justice and the common good, and to uphold the dignity of the human person; reaching out to those who have been hurt or alienated by the church; fostering relationships and cooperation with ecumenical partners and other faith communities; engaging the culture in dialogue; and learning to deal with personal and ecclesial conflicts and tensions in a Gospel-informed way.” Archdiocesan Priorities 2017-2020

What is going on in the Archdiocese in this area? 

  1. Seminarian Formation: read more HERE
  2. Workshops throughout the archdiocese: 
  • St. Henry’s Parish, Melville, and Our Lady of Victories Parish, Esterhazy deanery events focused on the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) calls to action to help rebuild a healthy and respectful relationship between members of our communities. "We gathered together as an ecumenical family to learn about the Smudging Ceremony, Canada’s history through the Kairos Blanket Exercise facilitated by students and staff from the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT). We developed our understanding of Treaty from one of the Office of the Treaty Commissioner’s excellent presenters, and debriefed through a traditional talking circle."
  •  Mino-maawanji'itiwag “come together in a good way,” (Saulteaux) is a two-day ecumenical conference in Regina. Christians are invited to listen to the voices of other Christian Indigenous Peoples from across Turtle Island about their experience with Church, Land, Residential Schools, and how to move forward as Christians. Register for the second annual Mino-maawanji’itiwag Conference (November, 2019) HERE.
  • See more on our Indigenous Relations page HERE.

Where to Educate Yourself on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Treaty Acknowledgements

  • What is a treaty Acknowledgement? Before a meeting or gathering the emcee or chairperson can take two minutes at the beginning to recognize the treaty land that the meeting is held on, and if possible take time to name the Nations that this land is the traditional homeland of. See a Treaty Map HERE.
  • Why do we do a Land Acknowledgement? Recognizing that this land is first treaty land and we are all treaty people is important in shifting our understanding of land ownership. This kind of declaration also points to our history as a nation of immigrants and primarily European settlers have been able to prosper off of this land that we were supposed to share and be stewards of with the Indigenous Peoples of this land. More information and sample treaty acknowledgements can be found HERE.

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“For though the human race is divided by dissention and discord, yet we know that by testing us you change our hearts to prepare them for reconciliation. Even more, by your Spirit you move human hearts that enemies may speak to each other again, adversaries join hands, and peoples seek to meet together. By the working of your power it comes about, O Lord, that hatred is overcome by love, revenge gives way to forgiveness, and discord is changed to mutual respect.” Roman Missal, Eucharistic prayer RII

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