Truth & Reconciliation Updates

Truth & Reconciliation Updates

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Informative resources containing information and helpful links.

INDIGENOUS RECONCILIATION FUND

Bishop Crosby’s Pastoral Letters regarding the Fund collection.

Apologies

Papal and Bishop’s Apologies.

Reflections

Reflections from Bishop Crosby and Reverend John Redmond.

Residential Schools Facts

Resources regarding Residential Schools.

Events

View upcoming and past events.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

*New* – CCCB Statement for National Day for Truth & Reconciliation*New* – Bishops of Canada Deepen Their Commitments to Walk Together with Indigenous Partners on the Healing & Reconciliation Journey Friday, September 30th, 2022 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and is also known as Orange Shirt Day. To find out more about this day, and how it is being acknowledged by the Federal Government, head here. At St Pius, we are preparing to acknowledge this day on…

Events

On Saturday, February 17th, 2024, we will be hosting the Blanket Exercise at St Pius Brantford. The event runs from 1:00pm until approximately 4:00pm More information on the event and the facilitator is below. Jump straight to the registration form here. In 1996, the Aboriginal Rights Coalition worked with Indigenous elders and teachers to develop an interactive way of learning the history most Canadians are never taught. The Blanket Exercise was the result; it has since been offered thousands of…

Indigenous Reconciliation Fund

April, 2023 Please see below a letter from Bishop Crosby with an update regarding the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund. A collection will be taken in support of these important initiatives at all Masses on the weekend of April 22nd/23rd. May, 2022 Below is the text of Bishop Crosby’s Pastoral Letter regarding a collection for the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund that the Diocese has started, in response to Call to Action #61 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Diocese is also offering…

Apology

Statement on the “Doctrine of Discovery” March 30, 2023, the Dicastery for Culture and Education and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development issued a joint statement on the “Doctrine of Discovery”. A summary of the statement can be found here, while the original document can be found here. Papal Apology to Canada’s Indigenous Peoples April 1st, 2022, following a series of meetings with representatives of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, Pope Francis offered an historic apology on behalf of…

Reflections

Bishop Crosby On Kamloops June 18, 2021, a pastoral letter from Bishop Douglas Crosby was released to the people of the Diocese of Hamilton regarding some of the issues surrounding the discovery of the 215 unmarked graves at the former Residential School in Kamloops British Columbia. To Inform, To Encourage, To Heal, re Residential Schools (Click to View) Reflections on Kamloops June 4, 2021, Father John Redmond reflects on how we are all receiving the news of the discovery of…

Residential School Facts

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Residential Schools June 2021 – Source, Archdiocese of Toronto There has been considerable media coverage and discussion in recent days following the discovery of children’s remains at the former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia. The discovery has reopened a painful wound for many in our country and has identified the need for all Canadians to learn more about our history, the role of residential schools as part of that journey and to seek the truth…