Your online guide to Church Responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report

Where can you find, all in one place, the major responses from Christian organizations to the December 2015 final report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada on the history of residential schools for Canada’s Indigenous Peoples?

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Here’s an attempt at collecting such a list.  For readers interested in digging deeper or organizing a study group, two especially good resources to start with are the Mennonite resource Wrongs to Rights (free samples online) and the spring 2016 issue of the Baptist periodical Mosaic (view complete issue free online).

You’ll notice many church responses refer to Action 48. The TRC final report included a list of 94 calls to action, and number 48 specifically calls “faith groups and interfaith social justice groups in Canada who have not already done so, to formally adopt and comply with the principles, norms, and standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a framework for reconciliation.”

The Four Churches That Ran Native Residential Schools

Joint response from Roman Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian and United Churches
United Church of Canada
Presbyterian Church in Canada
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
Anglican Church of Canada

Other Single-Denomination Groups

Canadian Baptist Ministries
Christian Reformed Church of North America
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Mennonite Church Canada
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Salvation Army

Inter-Denominational Associations

Anabaptist Church leaders
  • Includes Mennonite Church Canada, the Evangelical Mennonite Conference, the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, the Brethren in Christ Church of Canada, and Mennonite Central Committee Canada
  • Statement of Anabaptist Church Leaders, March 2014
Canadian Council of Churches
  • Document signed by 20 church groups, including some not listed elsewhere in this post: Apostolic Catholic, Christian Church/Disciples of Christ, Coptic Orthodox, Ethiopian Orthodox, Mar Thoma Church, Orthodox Church in America, Polish National Catholic Church, Reformed Church in America, Ukrainian Catholic, and additionally Citizens for Public Justice, Friendship Ministries, and Yonge Street Mission
  • Expression of Reconciliation from The Canadian Council of Churches, 2016 re-issue of 2014 document
Citizens for Public Justice
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
  • An association including more than 40 affiliate denominations (including many not listed elsewhere in this post: The Anglican Catholic Church, Anglican Network in Canada, Apostolic Church of Pentecost, Associated Gospel Churches, Canadian Church of God Ministries, Canadian Fellowship of Churches & Ministers, Canadian National Baptist Convention, The Christian & Missionary Alliance, The Church of God in Eastern Canada, Church of the Nazarene, Congregational Christian Churches, The Evangelical Christian Church (Christian Disciples), Evangelical Covenant Church, Evangelical Free Church, Evangelical Mennonite Mission Conference, Evangelical Missionary Church, Fellowship of Christian Assemblies, Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches, Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches, Foursquare Gospel Church, The Free Methodist Church, Grace Communion International, Grace Fellowship, Independent Assemblies of God, North American Baptists, The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland & Labrador, The Wesleyan Church, United Brethren Church, Vineyard Resource Canada, Vision Ministries Canada and (observer) Lutheran Church – Canada).
  • Statement in Response to Call to Action #48, March 2016
  • Hearing the Truth, Working for Reconciliation: Evangelical Leaders Reflect on the TRC Report, Sept. 2015

Interfaith Associations

Canadian Interfaith Conversation

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Bill Fledderus is a senior editor at Faith Today. Read our story about churches responding to the TRC report. Subscribe today for one of our best deals. 

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