TRC Calls to Action

TRC Calls to Action2018-12-09T21:37:01+00:00

Following the 2006 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA), the Federal Government established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) which in 2015 issued an interim report with 94 Calls to Action to “redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.” To see the Calls to Action, click here.

The following posts from the Timeline of Actions in Favour of Reconciliation make reference to Calls to Action.

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 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 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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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 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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1968

Opening of Ste-Marie among the Hurons, the 17th-century Jesuit mission to the Hurons in Midland, Ontario. Its restoration was a collaborative undertaking by the Upper Canadian Province of the Jesuits and the Government of Ontario.

April 7, 1967

From “A Letter from the Assembly of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Canada on the Occasion of the One Hundredth Year of Confederation”:

The Problem of Minorities
It is now recognized that the Indians and Eskimos have often had to endure, and sometimes still endure, the effect of prejudice, ignorance, indifference, and even injustice. Since these are the descendants of the first inhabitants of America, they enjoy a unique right to the respect and understanding of all, and to the benefits of the kind of positive policy in favour of minorities of which John XXIII was speaking [in Peace on Earth, 11 April 1963, III, 95: “It is quite clear that any attempt to check the vitality and growth of these ethnic minorities is a flagrant violation of justice; the more so if such perverse efforts are aimed at their very extinction”].