We are honoured to gather on the the ancestral, cultural, traditional and unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh (Səl̓ílwətaʔ, Xʷməθkwəy̓əm, & Sḵwx̱wú7meshsi) First Nations who, for many thousands of years, and to this day, have sought to walk gently on this land. We seek a new relationship with the Original Peoples of this land, one based in honour and deep respect.
Following from our church's preparations for and participation in the Truth And Reconciliation (TRC) national event in Vancouver 2013, the congregation is continuing to work to build awareness and understanding of the long-lasting effects on seven generations of Indigenous children forced to attend Residential Schools in Canada. We seek to establish better relations with our First Nations neighbours and through worship and community action, to deepen our understanding of racism, discrimination and oppression. Our congregation makes an annual donation of $2,000 to an Indigenous Education Program Fund, which provides immediate help to the neediest Indigenous children who attend public schools in Vancouver. We also invite speakers of Indigenous ancestry for theme addresses and discussions, exploring and celebrating their cultural and spiritual practices and achievements. Members of the community are welcome to join us in working toward reconciliation and right relations.
We also stand in solidarity and support with those who share their stories and experiences of residential school, and bear witness to those who are sharing their stories in the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.