June 11 will mark the one-year anniversary of the Prime Minister’s Apology on behalf of the Government of Canada to Indian Residential School Survivors.
In Ottawa, the day will begin at 5:30 am with a sunrise ceremony on Victoria Island. A march to Parliament Hill from Victoria Island will start at 11:30 am. Concurrently on Parliament Hill, local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children will invite everyone to participate in a Round Dance, a traditional display of friendship and goodwill. The children will also be given an opportunity to present to the National Leaders a satchel of their “Dreams and Hopes for a Better Canada.” Read more »
Aboriginals in Canada have long awaited the upcoming Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian residential schools in Canada. The TRC, heralded by leaders from Aboriginal groups and by church leaders, will be a rare collective space to talk, listen and heal. Ali Symons explores how people are getting more and more eager to begin this process, and describes the deep possibilities for healing and forgiveness to occur. Read more »
Since his appointment as the inaugural National Indigenous Anglican Bishop in January 2007, Bishop Mark MacDonald has served as pastor and spiritual leader for Indigenous peoples across Canada. CPJ’s Karen Diepeveen spoke with him in February 2008 about moving towards reconciliation and justice for Indigenous peoples. Read more »
Citizens for Public Justice supports the call by the Assembly of First Nations "for First Nations and Canadians to stand together in a spirit of unity to support a better life for all First Nations peoples" and to work to put an end to poverty among aboriginal people. The National Day of Action through educational events and peaceful protests is meant to provide an opportunity for such standing together. Read more »
There's a lot of warm talk about reconciliation with Aboriginal peoples. Lawyer and activist Lorraine Land reviewed recent developments (like the Dudley George inquiry) and says the real work requires commitment to hard steps, including restitution and settling land claims. Read more »
Rene Fumoleau, poet, story teller and long-time priest to the Dene in the Northwest Territories tells wonderful stories that give pause for thought. A 40th anniversary reflection, Vancouver, 2004.Read more »