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