2015 TRC Closing Events

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) is holding its Closing Event in Ottawa, from May 31 to June 3, 2015. Click here to learn more

2014 National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

The National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples has been celebrated since 2002 on December 12 by the Church in Canada. This year and next, as we join our Bishops in reflecting on the pastoral challenges for the family and its needs and role in evangelization, the members of the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council wish to honour elders who helped them develop their own faith.  Read more.

2013 Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous People

?ehtseo Ereya 1 – A Dene prophet who preached the good news of Jesus

The National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples is celebrated on December 12 every year, on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, who appeared to a humble Aztec peasant, Saint Juan Diego, in Mexico in 1531. The Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council celebrates this day of prayer, solidarity and reconciliation by issuing an annual message honouring Indigenous people who have been inspired by their Catholic faith.

Message for the 2013 Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous People

1 ?ehtseo means grandpa in North Slavey or Dene Roi. The “?” symbol indicates a pause at the beginning of the word.

Moving Forward Together

There will be a special second collection for the needs of Aboriginal People in Canada on December 7-8, 2013 for Talitha Khoum Society and Saint Kateri Centre as part of the Moving Forward Together, a Canada-wide campaign to bring fundamental and lasting change to Aboriginal communities in Canada.

Learn more about this special collection in the BC Catholic.

British Columbia Reconciliation Week

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) has hosted a Reconciliation Week in Vancouver from Sept. 18 to 21, 2013. Click here for more information.

2012 Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous People

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha: A model for loving and following Jesus

In response to an invitation earlier this year by the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops offers the following message for the 12 December 2012 Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous People.

Message for the 2012 Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous People

Healing totems raised in Mission

Healing TotemA new day dawned for reconciliation between the Coast Salish people, the Sumas nation, and the Church, May 26 when members of those communities unveiled a new “totem pole arch” at Fraser River Heritage Park in Mission. More than 300 listened to speeches from civic, religious, and native leaders.

“The Catholic community of St. Joseph’s Parish, and Westminster Abbey is honoured to have supported this wonderful project which marks another step in the healing of those among the First Nations who still suffer from deep wounds,” said pastor Father Alessandro Lovato. His parish was one of the main sources of support for the project.

Read more from the B.C. Catholic and view photographs here.

2011 National Day of Prayer for Aboriginal Peoples

Rose PrinceEach year on Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops invites the faithful to pray with Aboriginal Peoples.

For this occasion, the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council of the CCCB prepares an annual message.This year’s focus is Rose Prince, a remarkable woman from a small First Nations community near Fort St. James, in the Diocese of Prince George, B.C.

Rose Prince was born in 1915 at Nak’azdli. Descended from the great Carrier Chief Kwah, Rose was a good student and a gifted artist. Her life was not easy. Born with curvature of the spine that resulted in a hump on her back, she lived with pain that made her movements awkward.

Rose was devout in her practise of the Catholic faith and lived a simple life of prayer and work in the service of others. As it came time for her to leave Lejac Residential School, she asked if she could stay on as a lay staff member.

She lived and worked at the residential school for 27 years, and was known there for her goodness and compassion.

Truth and Reconciliation forum March 1-3, 2011

Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission is working to create an historical record of the residential school system. Its mandate includes establishing a National Research Centre open to the public. The TRC will hold a three-day forum in Vancouver March 1-3, 2011 at the Sheraton Wall Centre. The vision that emerges from this forum will be the basis on which the National Research Centre will be established. For information, visit www.trc-nrc.ca.

Prayer Breakfast held at Seabird Island Band Reserve

Father David Daws spoke to a crowd of approximately 100 Native and Non-Native Catholic parishioners at the Millenium Hall on Saturday  April 17, 2010,  telling  how he turned his life around one day,  and became a Priest.  SeaBird Island couple Mike and Pat Joe also shared how Jesus had worked in their lives. The event was a success and more events will be held in the future on other reserves.

Photographs of the event

2009 National Aboriginal Day of Prayer

Message from Archbishop Miller

November 27, 2009

Reverend and Dear Father:

On December 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we are reminded that the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to an indigenous man, St. Juan Diego Cuauthlatoatzin. She appeared as a dark-skinned Mestiza woman, spoke in his native Nahuatl language and asked him to build a church to her on the hill of Tepeyac. As a result of this apparition, nine million Aztecs were converted to faith in Christ and were received into the Church. This was the beginning of the Christianization of the native peoples of the Americas.

This year, on the occasion of this National Day of Prayer for Aboriginal People, the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council is honouring the memory of Grand Chief Henri Membertou, a Mi’kMaq First Nation man from Nova Scotia. He was the first aboriginal to be baptized in New France on June 24, 1610. He helped to bring his family and many other people from his nation into the Catholic Faith.

Please ask your parishioners to join in prayer and spiritual solidarity with aboriginal and non-aboriginal peoples for the well being of all who live in our country: that Christianity will continue to be the foundation of our nation, which was built on the shared belief that we are one in Christ Jesus Our Lord.

With every good wish for a joyful celebration of this National Day of Prayer and that this Year for Priests will be a time of special blessing for you and those entrusted to your pastoral care, I remain

Fraternally yours in Christ,
Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, CSB
Archbishop of Vancouver

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