Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The response of the Anglican Church of Canada to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, made a statement on Saturday, March 19 at Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks in Brantford, Ontario presenting the response of the Anglican Church of Canada to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Call to Action # 48.

“My heart is heavy with the burden of our many sins against the Indigenous Peoples throughout Turtle Island. For every way in which we insulted their dignity and took their lands, silenced their languages and suppressed their culture, tore apart their families and assaulted their children, I must never weary of saying on behalf of our church, ‘I am sorry’”, said Archbishop Hiltz in the statement which follows the decisions made at General Synod 2010 repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery and endorsing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Primate’s statement was read during a special service at the oldest Anglican church in Ontario built in 1785 by the Crown for the loyalist First Nations who supported the British during the American Revolution. It is one of two Royal Chapels in North America but the only one located on a First Nation Territory.

The Primate was accompanied by the National Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald and the Bishop of Huron Robert Bennett.

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