Supporting Canada’s Indigenous Peoples
Responding to the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Several members of the Bathurst congregation are part of the United Church’s TRC Witness program. We educate ourselves and take action in areas such as the Doctrine of Discovery, the effects of pipelines and resource extraction, and the ongoing impact of residential schools on the lives and families of Indigenous peoples.
One important initiative is our Three-Part Territorial Acknowledgment. Each Sunday service opens with an acknowledgment that we worship on lands that are the traditional territory of the Seneca, Petun, and Huron-Wendat peoples, and more recently the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. We briefly highlight a current issue or event and relate it to one of the Calls to Action. The weekly ritual helps keep the TRC and its Calls to Action alive in our hearts and minds.