When we say "all my relations", it's meant in a teaching way, to rekindle community. We are part of the great, grand circle of humanity, and we need each other. — Richard Wagamese, One Native Life

All My Relations: Funding Available

Funding is now available through the Healing and Reconciliation Fund of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa. This funding is to encourage and support the development of small projects that will foster and contribute to healing; to education about the legacy of the residential school system and; reconciliation among Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Peoples in the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa. Deadline for proposals is November 1, 2017.

For more information please contact: allmyrelations@ottawa.anglican.ca


Stay tuned for more event notices


To help local Anglicans hear and respond to the 2015 report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and other community initiatives, here's an overview of some important things happening this year and next, and a set of links to partners, event organizers, media reports and local study sessions. It will be updated a few times during the year. You are also invited to join the team managing this page (the members of a diocesan Outreach task force) for conversation, more information and timely alerts on Facebook.


The Bishop's Pastoral Letter - Truth and Reconciliation
Available here


The Truth and Reconciliation Commission report
Established by the 2007 Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) set out to inform all Canadians about what happened in Indian Residential Schools and to document the truth of survivors, families, communities and anyone personally affected by the IRS experience.

The TRC was release its report and recommendations in Ottawa May 31-June 3, 2015.

KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives organized an inter-generational Indigenous and non-Indigenous gathering, 'A Time for Reconciliation'.

The Anglican Church of Canada called us to "22 Days" (May 31 - June 21)" of prayer and renewal in our commitments to healing and reconciliation among all people - the Indigenous Peoples of this land and all others who have come and settled and also call it home.

The Anglican Journal's EYEWITNESS webpage with special coverage of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Saying "No" to the Doctrine of Discovery
In 2010 the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada resolved to repudiate the "Doctrine of Discovery", a historical concept that has been used to rationalize the enslavement and colonization of Indigenous peoples around the world. The doctrine formed the basis for the Indian Residential Schools.

The Primate's Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice was named in 2014. Its tasks are to follow-up on the 2010 resolution, examine the Anglican Church of Canada's response to the question "What is reconciliation?" and stand in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples. The national Anglican church is part of a growing movement among faith-based bodies to reject the doctrine, including the World Council of Churches, the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Canada and the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

World Council of Churches published a statement in 2012 on the doctrine of discovery and its enduring impact on Indigenous Peoples

The Episcopal Church Exposes the Doctrine of Discovery is a 14-minute YouTubevideo first uploaded in 2011.

Recommended Resources

  • The Orenda (2013) by Joseph Boyden
  • Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation and the Loss of Aboriginal Life (2013) by James Daschuk
  • Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry (2013) edited by Steve Heinrichs
  • The Inconvenient Indian (2012) by Thomas King
  • Unsettling the Settler Within (2011) by Paulette Regan
  • A Fair Country: Telling Truths About Canada (2008) by John Ralston Saul
  • The Comeback: How Aboriginals Are Reclaiming Power And Influence (2014) by John Ralston Saul
  • One Native Life (2009) by Richard Wagamese
  • Indian Horse (2012) by Richard Wagamese

Films - Canadian
  • Muffins for Granny (2007). 88 minutes. Seven elders tell their story about residential schools.
  • We Were Children (2012). NFB production, 83 minutes. Discussion of film with producer and director. Also available in French.
  • Hidden Legacies (2013). 23 minutes. Profiles the moving stories of several people to examine the intergenerational effects of residential schools on the survivors' families, and the path to healing.
  • Trick or Treaty? (2014) NFB production. 84 minutes. By Alanis Obomsawin

Films - International
Whale Rider (2003). New Zealand, 105 minutes
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002). Australia, 96 minutes

Group Study

Living the 8th Fire: This curriculum is "offered in the hope and prayer that the Creator will help us to choose the good road that leads to the 8th fire of justice and harmony." It includes a series of learning modules that centre on the CBC Docs series 8th Fire. Webpage

They Came for the Children: Canada's Aboriginal Peoples and Residential Schools, a report on the history, purpose, operation, and supervision of the residential school system, the effect and consequences of the system, and its ongoing legacy, as required by the Commission's mandate. Available from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission at www.trc.ca

In Peace and Friendship, a workshop and reflection book for faith communities, and other study and worship resources is posted by KAIROS at its website.

Legacy of Hope Foundation's extensive webpage About Residential Schools includes a great deal of background information and a booklet "Hope and Healing" (2014) to download.

Recommended Activities

Use a "reconciliation lens" to ask how your own attitudes, relationships, use of time and decisions about resources either further reconciliation or contribute to the status quo.

Get to know your Indigenous neighbours and their culture by visiting or volunteering at the Wabano Healing Centre or Odawa Friendship Centre in Ottawa.

Learn about the fight for equity for Aboriginal children led by Dr. Cindy Blackstock of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society at http://www.fncaringsociety.com/

Follow the "Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools" Facebook page at www.facebook.com/indigenousjustice

Other Links

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) is the national Inuit organization in Canada, representing four Inuit regions - Nunatsiavut (Labrador), Nunavik (northern Quebec), Nunavut, and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region in the Northwest Territories.

Pauktuutit fosters greater awareness of the needs of Inuit women, advocates for equality and social improvements, and encourages their participation in the community, regional and national life of Canada.

Tungasuvvingat Inuit (TI) has been operating in Ottawa since 1987 to provide cultural, social and counselling services and advice to Inuit across Canada.

The Anglican Church of Canada's Council of the North is a grouping of financially assisted dioceses supported through grants by General Synod, are located in sparsely populated areas such as the Arctic, Yukon, Northern and Central Interior British Columbia, Alberta, northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba; northern Ontario, northern Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador. Council of the North video 2015.

The Anglican Church of Canada's Indigenous Ministries

With thanks to the Ottawa Presbytery of the United Church of Canada

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