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 (swiya) throughout the ages. 

We believe it is important that we learn the history and legacy of Indian Residential Schools and live 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:

Drumming Circle

Join Terry Coyote Aleck, the Indigenous Teacher in Residence at St. Hilda’s, for a Drumming Circle. This is a wonderful time of rhythm, song, and story. The Drumming Circle happens on the fourth Sunday of each Month, at 4pm.

Come alone, or bring a friend. This is a great opportunity to connect for people of all ages. Children welcome.
Join us at St. Hilda’s, at 5838 Barnacle Street, or call us at (604) 885-5019 for more information.

St Hilda's Drumming History
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  nancy_denham@sunshine.net 

Syiyaya Reconciliation Movement 3part APTN series First Contact
Helpful Links, Useful Information & Resources:

Books:

  • From Where I Stand: Rebuilding Indigenous Nations For A Stronger Canada by Judy Wilson Raybould
  • Yours, Mine, Ours: Unravelling the Doctrine of Discovery
  • Quest for Respect:  The Church and Indigenous Spirituality 
  • Wrongs to Rights

Videos:

 

CBC video report about Terry, John and Nancy and Reconciliation