Timeline of Actions in Favour of Reconciliation

Timeline of Actions in Favour of Reconciliation2018-12-11T17:34:37+00:00

In what are currently 77 Ecclesiastical Circumscriptions of the Catholic Church in Canada (more commonly referred to as dioceses and eparchies), as well as among Catholic religious institutes and other Catholic organizations across the country, the work of reconciliation has a history that is ongoing. The following timeline allows you to see how the Catholic Church in Canada has officially been engaged in supporting Indigenous people in their struggle to preserve their identity and seek justice. Fully developed outlines of the significant involvement specifically by Catholic religious institutes and other Catholic organizations are unfortunately not yet readily available.

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April 2018

April 17, 2018

Bishop Albert Thévenot of the Diocese of Prince Albert hosted a vigil for missing Indigenous people, to remember those who have gone missing and their families who have been left behind.

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March 2018

Holy Week, 2018

Pastoral letter from Bishop Mark Hagemoen, Saskatoon, regarding continuing efforts at truth and reconciliation.

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March 7, 2018

Statement of reconciliation by Bishop Jon Hansen, Mackenzie-Fort Smith.

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October 2017

October 20, 2017

Launch in Ottawa of Dialogue together with Action: Canada’s Catholic Colleges and Universities and the Road to Reconciliation  (Le Dialogue dans l’action: Les universités et les collèges catholiques du Canada sur la voie de réconciliation) by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Canada. The text consisted of a summary of activities relating to reconciliation that had been submitted in preparation for an October 2016 meeting of the Association at Saint Paul University on the subject of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

May 2017

May 10, 2017

Suggestions issued by the CCCB in consultation with the Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council and Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle for Catholic groups regarding residential school burial sites and inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.

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December 2016

December 19, 2016

Founding of Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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November 2016

November 25, 2016

Annual Message, National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples, Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council.

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October 2016

October 2016

Meeting of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities of Canada at Saint Paul University on the subject of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

September 2016

September 8, 2016

Letter to the Mackenzie-Fort Smith Diocese regarding the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls by the Most Rev. Mark Hagemoen, Bishop of Mackenzie-Fort Smith.

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May 2016

May 1, 2016

Pastoral Letter regarding the Indian Residential Schools agreement with the Government of Canada by the Most Rev. Mark Hagemoen, Bishop of Mackenzie-Fort Smith.

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April 2016

April 10, 2016

Letter to the Mackenzie-Fort Smith Diocese on the TRC Calls to Action by the Most Rev. Mark Hagemoen, Bishop of Mackenzie-Fort Smith.

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March 2016

March 25, 2016

Interview with Bishop Donald Bolen, Chairman of the Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, on Catholic responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

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March 19, 2016

In response to Call to Action 48 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and in response to questions raised on the legal concepts known as “Doctrine of Discovery” and terra nullius, four Canadian Catholic organizations representing Bishops, institutes of consecrated life, societies of apostolic life, Indigenous People, and laity have issued two documents. Both are dated March 19, 2016, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is the principal patron saint of Canada. The four organizations were the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Canadian Religious Conference, the Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council, and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.

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CATHOLIC RESPONSE TO TRC CALL TO ACTION 48
THE “DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY” AND TERRA NULLIUS

February 2016

February 17, 2016

Speech by Sister Marie Zarowny, S.S.A. to the Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria, entitled “What to do about the TRC’s Call to Action?”

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July 2015

July 5-13 2015

Apostolic journey of Pope Francis to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay

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June 2015

June 12, 2015

Statement by the Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in an Initial Response to the Summary Report and Calls to Action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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May 2015

May 29, 2015

Pastoral letter by Archbishop Richard Gagnon of Winnipeg to the First Nations communities and to all the People of God in the Archdiocese. (In the diocesan paper June 3, 2015. Scroll down to page 3:)

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May 2015

A Pastoral Letter was issued to the people of the Archdiocese of Ottawa regarding Reconciliation with Aboriginal Peoples by Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J.  (Scroll down to page 3:)

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March 2014

March 27-30 2014

Expression of Reconciliation from The Canadian Council of Churches presented at the final National Event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in Edmonton, Alberta – March 27‐30, 2014

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March 29, 2014

An Apology to the First Nations of Canada by the Missionary Oblates of Canada

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February 2014

February 24, 2014

The Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories, pastoral letter.

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January 2014

January 16, 2014

Publication of statement by Sister Marie Zarowny, S.S.A., first presented at time of First Nations/Catholic Church Delegation to Rome and the Historic Meeting with Pope Benedict XVI Rome, April 30, 2009.

An adapted version was given on behalf of Congregations of women religious involved in the Indian Residential Schools of Canada, at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission National Event held in Vancouver in September 2013.

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August 2013

August 15, 2013

Letter of invitation to attend the Truth and Reconciliation Commission from the Bishops of British Columbia and Yukon.

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April 2013

April 25, 2013

Fr. Winston Rye, S.J. gave a Statement of Reconciliation on behalf of the Jesuits in English Canada at the Truth and Reconciliation National Event in Montreal.

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