Church Reconciliation

Current Situation

All Church Parties to the Truth and Reconciliation Settlement Agreement have issued formal apologies from their leadership – except Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church – for their policies and actions that led to the abuses experienced by students at the church-run residential schools as documented by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Catholic Church was also the only one of the four Church Parties to the Settlement Agreement who failed in their efforts to raise funds for Indigenous reconciliation programs and services. All others were successful.

Each of the church parties to the Settlement Agreement have made commitments to ongoing education activities within their respective congregations and institutions and have all agreed to respect and honour Indigenous spirituality. Schools of Theology and Seminaries are making progress.

Call to Action # 61

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

Sept. 15, 2019 – IN PROGRESS – No change from April 30, 2019

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 were all re-allocated by the churches to Indigenous programming.

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