In response to the uncovering of mass burial sites for children who passed away in the residential school system, and in response to the continued call for churches and communities to work towards reconciliation, our summer joint mission is a collection for The Healing Fund.
“The Healing Fund, established in 1994, is a grant that supports healing initiatives in Indigenous communities to address the ongoing impacts of the residential school system. Many name a need for mending, restoring, and celebrating—a sense of loss, along with hope for rebuilding identity. Indigenous communities may apply up to $15,000 to create healing, culture, and/or language projects.” For more information about The Healing Fund, check out the United Church website.
If you would like to contribute to this collection, please send donations to the treasurer of either congregation.
We as congregations acknowledge that this is just one way to travel the path of healing, accountability, and reconciliation. This summer, we are also encouraging our communities to learn more about our Indigenous siblings and the systems that still work against them.
Find out more about whose land we live on and what treaty this land is under.
Find out more about the results of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the 94 Calls to Action.
Find out more about the United Church’s apologies and responses to our Indigenous siblings.
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