National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada. “This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples,” says information from the Government of Canada. “Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.” As we take time to reflect on the contributions of Indigenous peoples in Canada, please continue to pray for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). In recent months, the MMIWG asked the federal government for additional funds and two extra years to investigate the underlying causes of violence against women and girls. However, the government announced last week that it could only grant the inquiry an additional six month at this time. The final report is now due on April 30, 2019. We continue to pray that the results of this inquiry would bring hope, healing and reconciliation.

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