In late September, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops issued an apology for the ways in which the Church has treated the Indigenous Peoples of this land, specifically through the Indian Residential School system. Shortly thereafter, they committed to a national fundraising effort to support healing and reconciliation.
In consultation with members of our Parish, and a Diocesan representative, we felt it important to begin our own journey of education, dialogue, and reconciliation with our brothers and sisters in the Brantford community and on the nearby Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve. While the Catholic Church was not responsible for the operation of the Mohawk Institute, the local Residential School, we must acknowledge the hurts caused by other members of the Church, and work to educate ourselves about the experiences of our Indigenous brothers and sisters.
In the coming weeks, we will be launching a committee to explore our responsibilities and opportunities for education, growth, dialogue, and reconciliation. Would you be interested in joining us and supporting our work? If so, please click here to send an email expressing your interest. We will be in touch to schedule an initial meeting.