Special Collection for the needs of Aboriginal People in Canada
On Dec. 7-8, a special collection will be taken up 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 by supporting local and national healing and educational programs in partnership with Catholic, Aboriginal, business and community leaders.
Learn more about this special collection in the BC Catholic.
While many First Nations, Inuit and Métis have found success in their work, hope in their families and fulfillment in their lives, far too many still live in a shadow of a painful past and struggle with crippling issues. For many Aboriginal people, several key standard of living statistics lag behind the Canadian average: lower graduation and life expectancy; higher unemployment, infant mortality and incarceration.
These are not Aboriginal challenges alone. They are challenges for all of us that go to the heart of Jesus’ message to “love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)
Many believe Aboriginal communities already receive enough government support and don’t need any more help. But this is just not the case. Many Aboriginal programs are chronically underfunded. As Catholics, Christ calls us all to live the Gospel values of compassion, justice, community, equality and respect for the life and dignity of all people.
With every small act of “prayer, humility and charity” we make a difference.
For a downloadable version of the poster, please click here.
For a bulletin insert (in Black and White), please click here.
Suggested Prayers of the Faithful related to the spirit of the Moving Forward Together Campaign, please click here.
National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous People
Read a message from the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council of the CCCB on the National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous People to be celebrated on December 12, on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas.