Truth and Reconciliation
The devastating impact that racism and white privilege have on First Nations people in Canada are being explored:
- Five SFUC members participated in Building Bridges Through Understanding the Village led by Kathi Camilleri. The workshop explored in-depth the effects of residential schools and Canada’s policy of assimilation. Canadian Unitarian Council Conference in Vancouver, May, 2017.
- Twenty- five congregants from SFUC and Penninsula United Church participated in a KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives Blanket Exercise. It opened our awareness to a cultural experience and history we had not heard. We examined why we had not heard it. Aline LaFlamme, an Indigenous educator led us in a sharing circle to unpack our experience.
- During the lead up to 2018 municipal elections, Rev. Samaya helped to facilicate the KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives Blanket Exercise for Federal Government employees, Sept 13,2018
- Twelve SFUC members examined Winds of Change: 94 Calls to Action. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada gathered data and stories from residential school survivors in a six-year process from 2008 to 2015. Congregation members grappled with the reality of our own limited understanding and the slowness of change.
- In April 2019, the congregation explored native spiritual healing with Trakostanek.