Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin Community, Vancouver, BC --  Activities Promoting Indigenous Justice

Vikki Marie, Special to The Review, July 15, 2021

In response to the call for information on how we are implementing the Calls to Action I offer the following.

The Vancouver Catholic Worker, the parent community out of which the Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin Community Society (OLGT) was born, has been involved with supporting Indigenous rights since its founding in 1998.  We put our sense of reconciliation and relationship in the name of our Community.  Our Lady of Guadalupe and Tonantzin both originate in Mexico. Our name is a marriage between the sacred mother figure of Christianity and the sacred mother figure of an Indigenous group, the Aztecs.  

We have supported our Anglican partner parish members, who have been asked to go to Kamloops.

We held book studies on indigenous issues including the Doctrine of Discovery, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and currently, “Unsettling the Word.”

We encourage our members to follow our lead in donating to Indigenous led water and land defenders.

We have put our bodies and our freedom on the line with our Indigenous relatives (I use relatives instead of brothers and sisters) to protest pipelines that would cause irreparable harm to the local and provincial lands,waters, lives and livelihoods of Indigenous People, including locally, the Musqueam, Tsleil Waututh and Squamish peoples.

Provincially, together with a local Anglican parish, we give financial support to the Wet'suwet'en People. 
We have participated in Kairos Blanket Exercise and before covid-19, I was part of the local KBE team.

We are a Kairos Community, focusing on Indigenous and Environmental issues.

We live and worship in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, which some of my Indigenous friends refer to as the “largest Rez in Canada”.


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