Dear Parishioner,

As our People's Warden Drina Read announced on Sunday morning, Thursday September 30th is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  We have been advised locally to refer to this as Orange Shirt Day.

To mark this, we will have a special service of Lament and Recommitment to Reconciliation at 3PM on Thursday. We invite you and your friends to gather for this.  It will take place inside the Church Sanctuary.

In addition, Guy Cribdon has kindly put together a range of resources if you are looking for a way to mark and honour this important occasion, here are some suggestions:

  • Wear an orange shirt.
  • Learn about the history of residential schools.
  • Read Phyllis Webstad's Beyond the Orange Shirt Story or another book on residential schools.
  • Explore more of the Indigenous titles in the Vancouver Public Library's collections.
  • Attend the Library's Storytelling Through Film: Celebrating Indigenous Creation with Kelly Roullette on Zoom.
  • Watch a movie or documentary from the Library's Indigenous DVD/Blu-ray collection or a selection from the National Film Board's Indigenous Cinema online collection.

Another resource is:  Doctrine of Discovery Stolen Land, Strong Hearts

This film is one of the responses of the Anglican Church of Canada's Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation, and Justice. The purpose of this film is to respond to the calls to action by helping to provide education and insight into the racist foundations of many of Canada's laws still in existence to this day.

https://vimeo.com/321909285

 

I hope to see many of you on Thursday and look forward to working with you in the practice of true repentance and reconciliation.

 

In Christ,

 

Philip