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.
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