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Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall

April 2024

An Evening with Deantha Edmunds: A Concert to Benefit the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund

 

November 2023

Second Special Collection for the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund.

 

October 2023

Three new projects are approved for grants from the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund.

Walking Together on a Journey Towards Reconciliation. This event, hosted at St. Paul’s University, included a panel discussion on how parishioners, clergy and Indigenous Peoples can engage more closely with one another on the path to Reconciliation. The event was a joint effort of St. Paul’s University and the Archdiocese of Ottawa.

 

August 2023

Two new projects are approved for grants from the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund.

 

June 2023

The first three projects are approved for grants from the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund.

 

April 2023

The Diocesan Reconciliation Committee meets to discuss their Terms of Reference and to create the IRF Application Package.

 

November 2022

First Special Collection for the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund.

Creation of the Diocesan Reconciliation Committee.

 

October 2022

Kickoff: A Christ-Centered, Co-Journey Towards Healing – Ottawa-Cornwall’s Fundraising Campaign in Support of Reconciliation.

 

July 2022

Archbishop Damphousse and Bishop Mathieu accompany two groups of Indigenous pilgrims to Quebec City to see Pope Francis during his trip to Canada. One group represents the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Circle (Ottawa) and the other group represents the Mohawks of Akwesasne from the St. Regis Mission Church Akwesasne.

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Bishops of Canada wanted to acknowledge the continuation of their journey of hope, reconciliation and healing with the Indigenous peoples of our country by offering four letters. Three letters are addressed individually to First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. The fourth letter is addressed to the Catholic faithful in this country. 

The content of the letters to Indigenous peoples is rooted in conversations with Indigenous partners and speeches by Pope Francis who invited the bishops to continue to take concrete steps in this process of reconciliation.

Pastoral Letter to the First Nations

Pastoral Letter to the Inuit in Canada

Pastoral Letter to the Métis

The individual letters confirm the bishops’ commitment to Indigenous peoples to:

  • Continue the dialogue.
  • Fulfill the commitment of the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund ($30 million over five years).
  • Support Catholic educational institutions, seminaries and religious houses, as well as programs of pastoral formation in their efforts to foster a greater understanding of Indigenous cultural, linguistic, and spiritual traditions.
  • Work together with local community leaders to address social challenges, including addictions, suicide, violence, poverty and incarceration.
  • Provide accompaniment in the quest for justice in the spirit of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Catholic Social Teaching.
  • Stand in solidarity with the Indigenous in the stewardship of Creation, our common home.
  • Share an appreciation of respect for the spiritual wisdom of elders.

 

The letter to the Catholic faithful:

This letter is an invitation from the Bishops of Canada to all members of the Catholic Church in Canada to join them in continuing efforts at reconciliation and healing.