Truth and Reconciliation

An Invitation to Prayer on June 13, 2010

The first National Consultation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada will take place at the Forks in Winnipeg, Manitoba from June 16 to 19, 2010.  

Church members across Canada are asked to set aside Sunday, June 13, 2010 to pray for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its work:

  1. Bulletfor survivors of Indian Residential Schools

  2. Bulletfor commissioners

  3. Bulletspeakers, and

  4. Bulletall Canadians

that we may speak, hear, and act upon the truth, and that we as individuals and as a nation may meet the hope of a new beginning. 

About the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Winnipeg Consultation

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada is part of a comprehensive response to the legacy of Indian Residential Schools as set out in the Residential Schools’ Settlement Agreement reached in May 2005.  The Commission is mandated to look at activities within residential schools, as well as the impacts of the schools’ stated aim to assimilate Aboriginal children.

The National Consultation in Winnipeg will be an opportunity for survivors of residential schools, their families and communities, for church members, people of faith, and other concerned Canadians to gather for truth telling, learning and reflection, artistic expression, remembering and commemorating, healing, repenting, and reconciling.

Suggested Resources for Prayer and Reflection

The attached pdf file contains selected resources for use on June 13. 

  1. BulletCall to Reflection

  2. BulletCovenant Collect

  3. BulletPrayer for a New Beginning

  4. BulletHomily/Notes on the Lectionary Readings of the Day

  5. BulletQuotes for Meditations or Sermons

  6. BulletCircle of Prayer

  7. BulletPrayer of Lamentation – Litany of the Dispossessed

  8. BulletEucharistic Prayer


Additional Resources

Remembering the Children Prayer

  1. http://www.rememberingthechildren.ca/tour/documents/prayer.pdf

The Anglican Church of Canada – New Agape

www.anglican.ca/newagape

 

The Presbyterian Church in Canada

http://www.presbyterian.ca/files/webfm/ourresources/internationalministries/justice/healing&recliturgicalkit.pdf

 

The United Church of Canada

 www.united-church.ca/aboriginal/schools/resources/trservice

www.united-church.ca/planning/seasons/firstnations.

 

Dancing the Dream

 http://www.msgr.ca/msgr-3/native.htm

 

Apologies and Confessions

Anglican - http://www.rememberingthechildren.ca/press/acc-apology.htm

Presbyterian - http://www.rememberingthechildren.ca/press/pcc-confession.htm

United - http://www.rememberingthechildren.ca/press/ucc-apology.htm

 


Truth and Reconciliation Commission website

http://www.trc-cvr.ca

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