Indigenous Justice

First Nations Acknowledgement   (An act towards reconciliation)

For thousands of years Indigenous people have walked
in this land, on their own (unceded) traditional territory.
Their relationship with the land is at the centre of their lives.

We acknowledge the Coast Salish People of the shíshálh First Nation, past, present, and emerging leaders and their stewardship of this land throughout the ages.


Learning the history and legacy of Indian Residential Schools and living out the Anglican Church's and Canada's apology through living in right relationship with our indigenous neighbours.  Here are some ways how we encourage parishioners and our friends on Sunshine Coast to engage:

Spirited Drum Circle: Meeting monthly on the 4th Sunday at 4 pm at St. Hilda's, Sechelt, the Circle is facilitated by Terry Aleck and Christine Turenne.  Terry, a Pipe Carrier from Lytton First Nation, was raised Anglican and is a survivor of St. Geroge's Indian Residential School in Lytton, BC. Participants drum and sing while learning native culture through Terry's storytelling.

Sunshine Coast Healing and Reconciliation Dialogue Circle: An ecumenical and inter-religious gathering started by Anglican, Lutheran (ELCIC) and United churches on Sunshine Coast committed to inviting the settler community to learn and live out the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Actions. Past and future events include dialogue circle/workshops on Cultural Competency, the Doctrine of Discovery, UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, KAIROS' Blanket Exercise, TRC's Calls to Action.

Contact:  Nancy Denham  604  885 7373

Syiyaya Reconciliation Movement

The Syiyaya Movement and the Social Justice Umbrella highly recommend the 3 part APTN series First Contact.

powerful video by Shane Koyczan           Inconvenient Skin

10 ways to be an ally of Indigenous people

See also  The Indigenous Ally Toolkit

Dispelling common myths about Indigenous Peoples   Myths


Events: Past and Future

October to December 2018   Yours, Mine, and Ours book study

January to April 2018  Wrongs to Rights book study   

December 2017, Support for Bill C- 262.  Together with our Primate Bishop Fred Hiltz and with KAIROS, we support the harmonization of Canadian laws with the United Nations Declaration of The Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 Walk for Reconciliation 

Sunday April 2, 2017  Church showing of the movie Reserve 107.  Note this powerful 30 minute film can also be seen by clicking on the Reserve 107 

Sunday, June 26, 2016  Aboriginal Sunday.  See the file below for our 2016 service leaflet.

Sunday, April 26, 2015  Truth and Reconciliation Sunday

Truth and Reconciliation Sunday video by Sher Saks

Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery

see Anglican Church video “Stolen Lands, Stolen Hearts”  here

The repudiation of the Doctrine of Christian Discovery is fundamentally a religious issue.  It is a terrible legacy that assumed that Indigenous Peoples were naturally inferior to Christians.  As a consequence societies founded on this Doctrine have been actively involved in practices of forced religious conversion, Indian boarding schools, relocation of tribes, seizing of Indigenous lands, and other immoral and illegal practices.  This 500+ year old doctrine is still with us in a number of ways, which makes it an urgent current issue.  It is at the root of religious intolerance.   It justifies the mistreatment of Indigenous Peoples, and is directly related to the mistreatment of our Earth.   We can’t afford to treat the earth as a commodity anymore, and this implies adopting a more indigenous perspective toward our home.  We can’t simultaneously diminish and destroy Indigenous peoples while also trying to adopt their values. Religious communities must take the steps to lead our society toward a healing of the genocidal history and environmental destruction that the Doctrine set in motion.  (Phil Arnold, Professor of Indigenous Religions, Syracuse University) 

Members of St. Hilda's brought the following motion to the Diocese of Westminster 2012 Synod.                    

Be it resolved that this Synod:

1. Affirms: · World Council of Churches Executive Committee's recent decision to denounce the "Doctrine of Discovery", which has been used to subjugate and colonize Indigenous Peoples since the 15th century; · and the General Synod 2010 resolution A086 R1 [the Resolution] to "repudiate and renounce the Doctrine of Discovery as fundamentally opposed to the gospel of Jesus Christ and our understanding of the inherent rights that individuals peoples have received from God;

2. Requests our bishop to cause the declaration as outlined in the Resolution to be proclaimed in every parish and shared with all the nations and peoples located within our diocese;

3. Renews this diocese’s commitment to support the Indigenous peoples within Canada in their ongoing efforts for their inherent sovereignty and fundamental human rights as peoples to be respected;

4. Calls all Anglicans in our diocese to support and participate in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission National Gathering in September 2013. moved by Clarence Li and seconded David Moul    Passed unanimously.

For a more detailed look at the Anglican Church of Canada's Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery see the file below.

Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action can be found here.

The U.N Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples can be found here.


See a CBC video report about Terry, John and Nancy and Reconciliation below.


A video of our Voyage of Reconciliation in 2014 during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's National Gathering in Vancouver.