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Greetings and Happy New Year!
 
As we begin another year, Justice Ministries is looking to the future of the PCC's work related to reconciliation and Indigenous rights. In order to plan for new programs and resources, we are seeking feedback from Presbyterians across the country. We are interested in hearing from you about the ways you engage in reconciliation in your communities and how we can better support you, and the broader church, in these endeavours.
 
To help us out, we ask that you complete this short survey.

It should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete. If you would prefer to share your thoughts over the phone, email us and we would be happy to set up a time to speak with you.
 
We are grateful for the many ways that you contribute to the church’s ministry of reconciliation!

Healing and Reconciliation: A
Year in Review

With 2019 coming to an end, we reflect on the work of the PCC’s involvement in reconciliation and Indigenous rights—including work related to the Doctrine of Discovery, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, the KAIROS Blanket Exercise and more.
A Look Back

A Weekend of Learning: A Time for Hope

In October, Knox Presbyterian Church in Waterloo, Ont., committed to a weekend of listening, learning and action through a workshop and service centered on reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. Allison Dyjach shares what the congregation learned, and ways they want to take further steps on the path of reconciliation.
Lessons Learned

Resources for Reconciliation

The Yellowhead Institute is a First Nation-led research centre based in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University with a focus on policies related to land and governance. Two of their recent publications include Land Back: A Yellowhead Institute Red Paper and a status update on the implementation of the TRC’s 94 Calls to Action.
 
Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was released in June 2019. Justice Ministries will release resources in the coming months to help church groups discuss and understand the report. Organize a reading group and start reading.
 
A Mind Spread Out on the Ground is a collection of essays by Haudenosaunee writer Alicia Elliott that reflect on topics including racism, intergenerational trauma, mental illness and parenthood. The book culminates with a participatory essay that asks readers to consider their place in the issues she writes about.
Healing and Reconciliation Advisory Committee
Yvonne Bearbull (National Indigenous Ministry Council representative), Allison Dyjach (convener), Shirley Dufour and Karen Dimock.
We would love to hear from you
If you attended an event led by an Indigenous organization in your community, let us know by sending us a story and/or photos (please also provide a short caption for each photo).  

Our Church Responds highlights how Presbyterians are responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action that apply to churches. Please share your experiences with us.
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