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Participating in Orange Shirt Day (September 30th) which recognizes the impact of Residential Schools.

Truth and Reconciliation Education

SFUC members are examining the devastating impact that racism and white privilege have on our First Nations people in Canada.

  • 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. People reported that the experience awakened their awareness of the impact of the settlers’ diseases, trade patterns, and racism on First Peoples. 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. Participants were guided through the experience by the Revs. Janice Young (Peninsula United) and Samaya Oakley. 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 in ten weekly meetings. 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 invited Rosie Trakostanek to speak on native spiritual healing.