To Fellow Catholics Across Canada
The recovery of graves associated with the dark legacy of Canada's residential schools has shaken the whole country. As Catholics, we know that upholding the dignity of the human person, created in the image and likeness of God, is central to our faith. We acknowledge that this central tenet of the faith was violated by those involved in the Residential School system and in the wider abuses that Indigenous peoples have suffered through colonization.
Catholics have inherited this legacy of participation in the evils of Residential Schools and the suffering and destruction of Indigenous peoples and their spirituality, culture, and language. Catholics for Truth and Reconciliation recognize that we are called to engage in the Truth and Reconciliation process and work towards healing.
This website is an invitation for Catholics to ignite or deepen our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation alongside Indigenous peoples through donations and action pledges. We hope you will join in this important work.
To Indigenous Peoples
Those involved in Catholics for Truth and Reconciliation acknowledge that:
Catholics for Truth and Reconciliation acknowledge and understand that not all Indigenous people want or are ready to be reconciled with the Catholic Church. We also acknowledge the many Catholic Indigenous people who carry particular burdens and gifts as we endeavor to do this work together.
Catholics for Truth and Reconciliation do not speak for the whole church, but we are ready to individually and collectively deepen our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation.
This is the biggest wound in our shared history, and we know that Reconciliation will be complicated, messy, and painful. We have much to learn.