All My Relations

All My Relations is a working group of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, established to provide advice, advocate, and implement local and national educational programming about Canada’s First Peoples.

 

When we say “all my relations”, it’s meant in a teaching way, to rekindle community. We are part of the great, grand circle of humanity, and we need each other.
— Richard Wagamese, One Native Life

Moving Forward with Reconciliation

Videos of the May 26, 2018 workshop Moving Forward with Reconciliation, organized by the All My Relations Working Group, are now available on our Diocesan YouTube Channel. A 9 minute highlights video providing an overview of the whole day, plus 8 other videos of the individual sessions will give you a sense of what was an inspiring and important day in our Diocese’s reconciliation journey.

The workshop program included Melanie Delva the Anglican Church of Canada’s Reconciliation Animator, Algonquin Anishnabe Elder Barbara Dumont-Hill, a Standing Stones Stones Sacred Worship (Cree) and workshops on Developing Resources for Reconciliation; Creating a Welcoming Church; Reconciliation as a Spiritual Practice; and Inuit Ministry of Ottawa – working for positive change.

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National Aboriginal Day of Prayer

The General Synod established the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer on the 21 June in the Calendar of the Anglican Church of Canada enrolled under the heading of Other Major Feasts That Take Precedence of a Sunday as found on page 15 of the Book of Alternative Services and listed within of Other Major Feasts on page 16 of the BAS. (source: Anglican Church of Canada)

Traditionally celebrated the Sunday closest to National Aboriginal Day on June 21.
In 2018, National Aboriginal Day of Prayer can be celebrated either Sunday, June 17 or Sunday, June 24.

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Truth and Reconciliation

Established by the 2007 Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) set out to inform all Canadians about what happened in Indian Residential Schools and to document the truth of survivors, families, communities, and anyone personally affected by the Indian Residential School experience. The final document, the Truth and Reconciliation Report was released December 15, 2015.

The Anglican Church of Canada called us to “22 Day” of prayer and renewal in ur commitments to healing and reconciliation among all people – the Indigenous Peoples of this land and all others who have come, settled, and also call it home.

Healing and Reconciliation Fund

Funding is now available through the Healing and Reconciliation Fund of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa. This funding is to encourager and support the development of small projects that will foster and contribute to healing; to educate about the legacy of the residential school system; and reconciliation among Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Peoples throughout the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa.

Indigenous Ministries

The Anglican Church of Canada’s Indigenous Ministries supports the Indigenous Peoples of Canada (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) spiritually, socially, economically, and politically. We recognize that the purity of the land base provides all our needs.

As active participants in the life of the church, we strive for reconciliation with the Anglican Communion and work towards Indigenous self-determination.

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KAIROS

Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives organized an inter-generational Indigenous and Non-Indigenous gathering, “A Time for Reconciliation”.

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The Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation, and Justice

Established in 2014, the Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation, and Justice serves as part of the response of the Anglican Church of Canada to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Comprised of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Anglicans, the commission is tasked with reviewing church structures and policies to identify and seek ways to eliminate vestiges of the Doctrine of Discover; creating a plan for reconciliation to overcome intergenerational trauma caused by policies such as the residential schools; and assessing injustices in Indigenous communities to determine areas where the church can make a difference.

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Links of Note
  • Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) is the national Inuit organization in Canada, representing four Inuit regions – Nunatsiavut (Labrador), Nunavik (northern Quebec), Nunavut, and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region in the Northwest Territories.
  • Pauktuutit fosters greater awareness of the needs of Inuit women, advocates for equality and social improvements, and encourages their participation in the community, regional and national life of Canada.
  • Tungasuvvingat Inuit (TI) has been operating in Ottawa since 1987 to provide cultural, social and counselling services and advice to Inuit across Canada.
  • The Anglican Church of Canada’s Council of the North is a grouping of financially assisted dioceses supported through grants by General Synod, are located in sparsely populated areas such as the Arctic, Yukon, Northern and Central Interior British Columbia, Alberta, northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba; northern Ontario, northern Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • The Anglican Church of Canada’s Indigenous Ministries
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For more information contact:
Debbie Grisdale
Co-Chair, All My Relations Working Group
allmyrelations@ottawa.anglican.ca