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In 2022, we extended a heartfelt invitation to all Canadian Baptists to unite in an online service of remembrance and reflection. This occasion brought us together as a community to acknowledge the painful history and lasting effects of the residential school system. This year, as we commemorate the 2023 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we invite you to join us in a prayerful and reflective commemoration, right on the very lands where you live, work, and play. To ensure this year’s observance is even more impactful, there are three meaningful steps you can take to honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation wherever you are located:
Utilize the Prayer Guide
This audio recording has been specifically crafted for this solemn occasion. This guide can serve as a powerful tool for your personal contemplation or to be shared with a small group of family and friends. Through it, we encourage you to deeply reflect on the past and present ramifications of the residential school system in Canada, offering prayers for truth, reconciliation, and profound healing.
Engage in Regional Events
Take an active part in the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by participating in local events held in your region. Seek out gatherings that are led by Indigenous people, who hold a sacred and unique perspective on the experiences of their ancestors. Approach these events with an open heart, humility, and a genuine desire to learn. Discovering and attending these events will undoubtedly enrich your understanding and contribute to fostering a of unity and respect between all Canadians. Click here to locate a Friendship Centre near you and discover what resources and events they have to offer.
Explore Additional Learning Resources:
Our commitment to truth and reconciliation extends beyond the day’s observance. To deepen your knowledge and awareness of the historical and ongoing impacts of residential schools in Canada, we encourage you to peruse the myriad of available resources. Delve into the stories, testimonies, and educational materials to learn more about the past and present impact of residential schools in Canada. We also encourage you to invite others to explore these resources alongside you, fostering discussions that promote empathy, growth, and understanding. Access these valuable resources for learning and reflection through the following links:
Have less than 15 minutes?
Whitehorse Baptist Mission School (short article)
Learn whose territory you are on (self-guided website exploration)
Have 15 – 60 minutes?
Indian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre Collections (self-guided website exploration)
Former Residential School Site and the Search for Unmarked Graves (self-guided website exploration)
The Knowledge Keeper (KidsCare Lesson)
Have more than an hour?
Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts (66 min. documentary)
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Events (a series of online events Sept 25 – 30)
Walking in a Good Way with Indigenous Neighbours Online Course (20 hour online course)
Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Report (sign up to pledge to read the 6 volume report)
The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative (5 part audio series)
Red Clover (self-guided website exploration and ongoing training resources)
Atlantic Baptist Women’s Program (Notes and Powerpoint Presentation)
Through these carefully curated steps, we believe that the 2023 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will serve as a catalyst for meaningful change and foster a sense of unity and understanding among all Canadians. By engaging in prayer, participation, and education, we can collectively take significant strides toward reconciliation, healing, and a shared vision of a compassionate and inclusive Canada. Join us on this profound journey of reflection and remembrance, as we honour the past, acknowledge the present, and forge a path of hope and healing for generations to come. Together, we can build a stronger and more harmonious nation, founded on truth, respect, and compassion.