St Albans Church

St Albans Church

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Truth and Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation

Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its final report in June 2015, after more than five years of research. The results may seem daunting – a more than 500-page executive summary, nearly two thousand pages of history, ninety-four calls to action – but they will have a significant impact on the lives of Canadians in years to come, especially for those of us within the Anglican church.
 
The Anglican Church of Canada is, indeed, inextricably bound up in Aboriginal issues thanks to their participation in the residential school system, one of the primary focuses of the commission. Though then-Primate Michael Peers delivered an official apology in 1993, this was only the first step of many in responding to and recovering from this difficult history. As an institution, and as one of the parties to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, we have formally recognized the TRC and committed ourselves to implementing its recommendations, such as adjusting our teaching ministries to better reflect Aboriginal history, culture, and modern concerns.
 
At St. Alban's, we are committed to doing our part in this wider Anglican movement. We have hosted events on topics such as Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Reconciliation Day, and we recognize the work of essential advocacy and charity groups such as the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. We have also committed ourselves to creating and expanding the web page you are currently viewing, to serve as a resource for parishioners and others who would like to stay informed and updated on issues related to reconciliation. We hope you will join us as we continue down this road together.