We call upon church parties to the Settlement Agreement, in collaboration with Survivors and representatives of Aboriginal organizations, to establish permanent funding to Aboriginal people for: 

  1. Community-controlled healing and reconciliation projects.
  2. Community-controlled culture and language revitalization projects. 
  3. Community-controlled education and relationship- building projects. 
  4. Regional dialogues for Indigenous spiritual leaders and youth to discuss Indigenous spirituality, self- determination, and reconciliation. 

Indigenous Watchdog Status Update

Current StatusAug 17, 2020IN PROGRESS
Previous StatusJune 15, 2020IN PROGRESS

Why “In Progress”?

All the Church Parties to the Settlement Agreement have funding programs in place most of which pre-date the TRC Calls to Action. The Catholic Church only raised $3.7M of a targeted $25M to fund ongoing Indigenous “Reconciliation” programs. A legal decision allowed them to forego raising the balance. Prorated refunds to the other Church Parties to the Settlement Agreement as a result of that decision were all re-allocated by the churches to Indigenous programming.

Church Party Commitments to Permanent Funding for Reconciliation Programs

United Church of Canada
  • 1994 – Healing Fund, which provides $300,000 in annual funding support to Aboriginal community-based healing projects.
  • 1998 – The Justice and Reconciliation Fund provides support of $100,000 each year to community projects that foster awareness, dialogue, and relationship-building between Indigenous and non- Indigenous peoples.
  • 2016 – The Gifts with Vision giving catalogue offers several gift opportunities that support community-led language and cultural revitalization, and reconciliation programs.
  • 2016 – The Mission & Service fund supports many aspects of Indigenous ministries and justice. Programs like Wampum and Neechi have brought together Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to sow seeds of friendship and right relations.
Anglican Church of Canada

A New Agape: GOAL III. HEALING

  • To expand the church’s Healing Fund so that increased grants can be made to Indigenous groups designing and implementing healing programs in their communities.
  • To assist Non-Indigenous groups to address their own need for holistic healing which is to restore a balance of each part of our being, intellectual, spiritual, physical, emotional.

Strategies: Healing Support for Indigenous Peoples

  • Fund-Raising
    • Develop a fund-raising strategy.
    • Hire the necessary staffing to implement the strategy.
    • Work with dioceses to promote this new fund-raising initiative.
  • Fund Administration
    • Expand the current Residential School Advisory Group to accommodate the needs of an expanded fund.
    • Hire staff to manage and promote the fund, and build relationships with the communities who wish to access funds.
  • Targeted Areas of Work
    • Work with dioceses to identify local groups, communities and projects that can be encouraged to seek support from the fund.
    • Work with dioceses to provide increased support for parish/pastoral ministry in indigenous communities.
    • Work ecumenically and with non-church groups wherever possible.
    • Support programs aimed at urban indigenous populations.
    • Support programs aimed at recovery of language, culture and spirituality.
    • Support and encourage youth involvement.
    • Continue to hold a triennial National Indigenous Sacred Circle healing gathering

For 25 years, the Anglican Healing Fund has financially supported local, community-led healing projects. As a response to the on-going legacy of the residential school system, grants from the healing fund are made to encourage and initiate programs that help heal, educate, and recover language and culture. In 2017, our goal is replenish the Anglican Healing Fund through Giving with Grace for the next five years by raising $1 million.

Presbyterian Church of Canada

Healing and Reconciliation Seed Fund Offers grants up to $5,000 for Presbyterian groups that are committed to building relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Since this fund was created in 2006, it has supported a variety of reconciliation initiatives across Canada.

Official Federal Government Response: Sept. 5, 2019

The Government of Canada is not the lead on a response for Call to Action 61.