Frequently Asked Questions about The Presbyterian Church in Canada and Residential Schools

Many people have questions about Churches that participated in the Residential School System. The Presbyterian Church in Canada operated 11 schools and most certainly collaborated willingly with the Government of Canada in the creation and operation of these schools. This link from The Presbyterian Church in Canada provides some information about such things and the PCC’s commitment to transforming the words of our apology in 1994 into tangible action towards reconciliation and healing.

https://presbyterian.ca/2021/06/05/pcc-and-residential-schools/

Why Work to Decolonize? Study PLAYLIST

We concluded our study – “Why Work to Decolonize?” on Wednesday December 2.

Here’s the full playlist – Sessions 1 – 4:

We look forward to continuing our commitment to work in this area of anti-racism and the Church in 2021.

Make sure to read the YouTube video descriptions to go deeper on this subject.

We pray that more intentional work will be accomplished in improving the situation for our Indigenous communities in Canada. Promises must be kept in order for healing and reconciliation to move forward.

Why Work to Decolonize? Study begins

In November 2020, a small group from St. Andrew’s Guelph met to discuss the study guide, Why Work to Decolonize? prepared by The Presbyterian Church in Canada in collaboration with the National Indigenous Ministries Council and Justice Ministries. This work contributes to St. Andrew’s Guelph’s ongoing commitment to anti-racism work in our congregation.

This is part one of a four part series engaging the National Inquiry’s Final Report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). This study is based on the study guide, Why Work to Decolonize? produced by The Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC) in collaboration between the National Indigenous Ministries Council and Justice Ministries of the PCC. This study is led by The Rev. John Borthwick, Minister of St. Andrew’s Guelph with contributions from members of St. Andrew’s. We are grateful for all who join us on this journey of learning seeking understanding and desiring to be transformed into tangible actions.

Suggested links from the Study.

The National Inquiry’s Final Report into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls: https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/final-report/

Please also take time to experience the Gallery of Artistic Expressions found at the website: https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/artists-list

Rev. John references The Four Agreements from the work of Glenn Singleton. He discovered these to Colinda Clyne’s Anti-Racist Educator Reads Podcast. He highly recommends this podcast: https://voiced.ca/project/anti-racist…

To learn more in brief about the Residential School System, it is recommended that you read: An Overview of the Indian Residential School System http://www.anishinabek.ca/wp-content/…

A copy of the study guide can be found here, under the heading: National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls: https://presbyterian.ca/healing

Why Work to Decolonize? Study Group

“Disconnect” by Erika Richard

Starting Wednesday November 11 at 7PM by ZOOM, Rev. John will facilitate a conversation based on the “Why Work to Decolonize?” study guide provided by The Presbyterian Church in Canada in collaboration between the National Indigenous Ministries Council and The Life and Mission Agency (Justice Ministries). This is a study based on the Interim Report of the PCC on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

If you are interested in joining the conversation, please contact Rev. John (revjohn[at]standrewsguelph[dot]com.

You are also welcome to review the study on your own. You can download it here:

https://mcusercontent.com/7d77ba333f1ee446667ed753e/files/9a94a502-d66c-4b22-9ef3-3c3369aef4be/MMIWG_Why_Work_To_Decolonize_online.pdf

And if you’d like to go deeper, please consider visiting the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls website: https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/final-report/

Our conversations over the next four weeks will be recorded and posted on our website.

Series on “Speaking Out Against Racism and Hate in Canada” Study Guide (2020)

In July and August of 2020, Rev. John hosted a video series based on the study guide, “Speaking Out Against Racism and Hate in Canada”. This study guide was created by Justice Ministries of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. It was a helpful way of engaging with the topic of racism and hate in a Canadian context. It also offered a way for our congregation to be introduced to the issue of systemic racism in the Church and our society.

Here’s the entire series: