2002

The Catholic Indigenous Council for Reconciliation was established by the 2002 Plenary Assembly of the CCCB following the original five-year term of the National Council for Reconciliation, Solidarity and Communion.  Dioceses were invited to contribute $3,000 a year for a three-year period to a national fund.  Religious communities and other Catholic agencies also contributed to the initiative.  In addition to funding healing projects, the Council was mandated to support efforts that promoted reconciliation between Aboriginal communities and the Church. Coordination services for the Council were provided by the Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat of the CCCB, which is supported by financial grants from the Knights of Columbus and the Pastoral Fund.