We collect a variety of resources, tools and training programs on a wide range on topics that focus on supporting our most vulnerable communities.
Care for Creation Guide
Many parish communities have been looking for ways in which they can be better stewards of creation. Our friends in the Diocese of Ottawa have put together a comprehensive guide for parishes to reduce waste, build fellowship and minimize their impact on the environment. Available in English and French.
Faith Communities and the Ontario Election
The Centre for Public Ethics in Waterloo supports faith communities in their education and advocacy. They are now offering a number of resources that can help parishioners feel prepared to vote in the Provincial Election on June 7th based on the issues that they care about most. Regardless of your political leanings, the key here is education and faith. You can access their election guide by visiting their website and choosing from their selection of links on the bottom right hand side HERE.
The Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC) is a provincial network of faith communities that has advocated for policy reform on behalf of vulnerable populations for the last 30 years. They too have composed an election guide that helps to inform voters on the political landscape and how our votes can impact the issues we care about most such as, employment, income and housing. This guide also empowers readers to connect with candidates and promote accountability. You can access a copy of the guide here: isarc-2018-election-kit
Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Reconciliation is a cornerstone of the Catholic faith. We must continue to learn, listen and support our First Nations, Métis and Inuit brothers and sisters. A first step in accomplishing this is developing a thorough understanding of and commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. Below you can find the report's Calls to Action. You can read the full report and explore supporting materials at the TRC website HERE.
TRC Calls to Action English
An important part of understanding and appreciating our Indigenous communities, is acknowledging their stewardship of the land we call home. Land Acknowledgements are an important practice that are becoming part of our collective consciousness. There is still much more work to be done however. If you are hosting an event, or meeting within your parish or your community, consider learning more about the land on which you are standing, and acknowledging those who have cared for it. You can learn more about Land Acknowlegements through the below websites:
Canadian Association of University Teachers
Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres
Give Us A Chance to Succeed, Voices From the Margins
In April of 2016 the Diocese of Hamilton in partnership with HOPE (Hamilton Organizing for Poverty Elimination) hosted a three day Social Audit. These audits are done once every five years around the province with the support of a provincial, multi-faith advocacy group called ISARC (Inter-faith Social Assistance Reform Coalition). The audit is meant to take a snap-shot of how our communities are impacted by our social assistance programs and where we are falling short. This information is then compiled and used to inform provincial policy and advocacy efforts.
The audits are modelled after United Nations hearings in which those with lived-experience come to share their story with a group of listeners who bare witness, ask questions, and use their influence in their communities to further initiate change. Over the course of three days, those with a diverse lived-experience in poverty and on social assistance came to share their experience to a number of community leaders including Bishop Douglas Crosby, City Councillor Aidan Johnson, Academic Co-ordinator for Journalism at Mohawk College, Sue Prestedge and Director of Clinical Programs and Urgent Care at St. Joseph's Hospital Carolyn Gosse, among others.
The report compiled from this audit provides an important look at what it is like for those who live under the poverty line within our communities. You can read the full report below.