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Actions and Commitments

The various apologies offered over the years cannot erase the tragedy of the past. We are compelled to take actions that will lead to healing. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Report contained 94 Calls to Action which provide a roadmap for this necessary work.

We must continue to build on reconciliation initiatives present throughout the country to walk together on a path towards healing. What has been uncovered at the Kamloops Indian Residential School calls us once again to journey together to find light in the darkness, so that new life can begin.

Bishops of Canada announce $30M Collective National Fundraising Initiative
September 27, 2021

Statement of Apology by the Catholic Bishops of Canada to the Indigenous Peoples of this Land

September 24, 2021

“Launching appeal for survivors and their communities” – video message from Archbishop Donald Bolen

July 13, 2021

Listening to Indigenous Voices

A Dialogue Guide on Justice and Right Relationships; website contains eight sessions which includes questions to guide-sharing circles as well as curriculum ideas for use in secondary and post-secondary educational settings.

KAIROS Blanket Exercise

Developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers and educators, the KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive and experiential workshop that explores the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the land we now know as Canada.

CCCB Statement regarding Dates of the Delegation to the Holy See

June 29, 2021

Residential school survivors soon to be honoured with Indigenous spirit garden in Toronto

Article by Mark McAllister from CTV News, June 7, 2021

The “Twinning” of the Diocese of Hamilton with Diocese of Churchill-Hudson Bay to provide on-site ministry formation and mental health assistance for Indigenous youth

Partnership of southern Dioceses with Diocese of Churchill-Hudson Bay, ongoing since 2016

Returning to Spirit: Reconciliation Workshops

Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, offering workshops nationwide based on COVID-19 guidelines.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle

A Catholic coalition of Indigenous people, bishops, clergy, lay movements and institutes of consecrated life, engaged in renewing and fostering relationships between the Catholic Church and Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

CCCB Statement: Delegation to the Holy See

June 10, 2021

CCCB Initiatives: Learning Circles

Beginning in 2018