| Saint Brigid of Kildare Catholic Community, Calgary, AB -- Activities Promoting Indigenous Justice
Monica Kilburn-Smith, Special to The Review | July 15, 2021
Saint Brigid of Kildare Catholic Community newsletter often features
various articles about Indigenous issues. This is something we do
regularly - include articles from all over, many sources, regarding
Indigenous (and other social justice) issues.
We include, as others among us do, a land acknowledgement at the
beginning of our Mass and group gatherings, and are in the process of
choosing which version of this we will put on our newsletter and
Our community members are also involved in creating and manifesting
special services, events, attendance at civic events, etc to do with
social justice. Eg. Liturgies with Indigenous prayers (and drumming),
inviting local Indigenous leaders to participate in one liturgy in
particular a couple of years ago.
We hosted a Blanket exercise.
Most importantly, a Dene elder, Violet March, has been part of our St.
Brigid’s community from our beginning in 2008, and has begun to take a
more active and leading role in St. Brigid’s.
Our liturgy in June specifically focussed, in part, on the Kamloops
situation, and Violet did a smudge. As she began our Mass with an
opening prayer she spoke in her Dene language and read the land
Of course, like everyone, these kinds of efforts have been furloughed
due to Covid, but our consciousness has been raised by recent events in
particular, and we are committed to addressing these issues in our
liturgies and community events even more in the future, and plan to
encourage community members to offer ideas and learning opportunities