cities recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Staff, leaderpost.com | September 6, 2021
The City of Regina
will recognize Sept. 30 as a statutory holiday marking the National Day
for Truth and Reconciliation.
recognize the importance of officially honouring September 30, in
commitment to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to
Action,” said Chris Holden, city manager, in a recent news release.
organization is committed to seeking guidance from Indigenous peoples
on actions that will ensure that the tragic history and ongoing legacy
of residential schools is never forgotten.”
City of Saskatoon is also making the day a statutory holiday. Both
announcements follow upon federal legislation passed in June making
Sept. 30 a statutory holiday for federally regulated workers in the
public and private sectors.
|Orange Shirt Day
Staff, rcsd.ca | September 2021
with communities across the country, Regina Catholic School Division
will again officially recognize "Orange Shirt Day" on September 30.
Shirt Day is part of a larger movement in the country to provide
opportunity to unite in a spirit of reconciliation and hope for future
generations. The movement is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission
residential school commemoration event held in B.C. in 2013, emerging
out of the account of a young girl named Phyllis Webstad who had her
new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school.
Canada Bishop's Message
Harvest of Justice
Here we are – the middle of September with just one week of Summer
officially remaining. Already the colours of Fall are bursting
out. The trees outside my window are dressed in golden hues and
late summer flowers are fading in the gardens as night-time
temperatures dip to single digits Celsius. The grain harvest on
the prairies has been meagre this year because of intense summer heat
and lack of timely rainfall. Farmers from Eastern Canada are
offering some of their surplus hay to Western ranchers so they can
maintain their herds over Winter. This spirit of compassion for
the suffering of fellow Canadians is heart warming.
Six years ago the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission provided
94 recommendations for government and society to adopt in order
to acknowledge and address the harm done by the Federal Government
policy that attempted to destroy Indigenous nations by “educating” the
Indian out of the child in Indian Residential Schools. Slowly
some of the recommendations of the TRC are being addressed and
Recommendations #71-76 deal with Missing Children and Burial
Information. Through recent work on these recommendations, numerous
unmarked graves of the children were located at several school sites:
Kamloops and Cranbrook, B.C. and Marieval, SK. to name just
three. Survivors and their descendants are struggling to deal with the
trauma they suffered while at the schools and feeling re-traumatized by
Recommendation #80, was acted on when the Federal Government establish,
as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation for
September 30th. This day is to honour survivors, their families,
and communities, and to ensure that public commemoration of the
history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of
the reconciliation process. Since 2013 September 30th has been
observed as Orange Shirt Day.
The inspiration for this designation came from residential school
survivor Phyllis Jack Webstad, who shared the story of her first
day of residential schooling at six years old, when she was stripped of
her clothes, including the new orange shirt her grandmother bought her.
The orange shirt now symbolizes how the residential school system took
away the indigenous identities of its students.
There are many opportunities being offered in communities across the
country (information about some of them are provided in this edition of
The Review) to learn more about the Indian Residential Schools and
their place in the colonialization of Canada. The work of
reconciliation will be hard and arduous. It is going to take more
than sharing a surplus crop to restore the strain on the relationship
between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Indeed, we need to
go deeper to share what we feel we need for self-preservation.
Mary Simon, our new Governor General of Canada, said in her inaugural
speech this past July:
“A lot of people
think that reconciliation will be completed through projects and
services. All Canadians deserve access to services.
“My view is that
reconciliation is a way of life and requires work every day.
getting to know one another.
“As stated in the
Truth and Reconciliation Commission report: ‘Reconciliation must
support Aboriginal peoples as they heal from the destructive legacies
of colonization that have wreaked such havoc in their lives.’”*
We find inspiration for the work of Reconciliation in the reading from
the Letter of James which we heard on the 24th Sunday in Ordinary
Time. It reminds us that faith and works go hand in hand. “Faith
by itself, if it has no works, is empty. What good is that?” (James
2:14-18). The letter goes on to describe what good works look
like. “Holy Wisdom is first of all selfless. She is peaceable,
gentle, helpful, full of compassion and good fruits, without
inconstancy or insincerity.” (James 3: 17)
Much like the elements that produce the crops of the field, without the
seed, and the rain, and the sun in proportion, there isn’t much to show
for the effort in the end. Likewise, the work of Reconciliation
requires elements of openness, sincerity, compassion and a willingness
to enter into sincere relationships with our Indigenous
relatives. We can trust that works done in good faith will yield
a rich harvest of justice. “The peace sown by those who cultivate
peace, yields a harvest of justice.” (James 3:18)
May we all be like the farmers of Eastern Canada and open our hearts
with compassion for our fellow Canadians.
*See all TRC
Kryzanowski, Regina, SK
is bishop for RCWP Canada]
Thank you so much for this history lesson. So
change does take time! And never doubt that CHANGE WILL HAPPEN!
MARY OF MAGDALA INCLUSIVE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY – a
How important is the word “Inclusive”?
We are all familiar with Paul’s statement in Galatians 3:28: “There is
neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all
one in Christ Jesus.”
I wonder if we realize the depth of Paul’s meaning. If Paul is saying
that we must clean out all barriers that we place between ourselves,
because we are all one in Christ, what does that really mean?
If we extend Paul’s description of peoples, does it not mean: “There is
neither Catholic nor Protestant, Orthodox nor Reform, Shia nor Sunni,
Gay nor Straight?" Add any other distinction you can think of.
Can you imagine the consequences of living this idea? How fantastic
would that be!
A great peace would descend upon the world.
There would be no more poverty.
China and Russia would be friendly to all countries.
The wars in the Middle East would be history.
Here at home, everyone’s way of worshiping God would be respected.
Go ahead, It’s not hard to add to this list.
You might say this is pure blue skying, there is no chance this can
Does that mean we just give up hope? Give up even trying?
Think a moment, this very idea is what Jesus believed in so strongly,
that he was willing to die for it.
If we honestly say that we follow Jesus, then ? ? ? ? You fill in
[Emil Kutarna, Regina, SK]
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the Legacy of Egerton Ryerson
William Robins, vicu.utoronto.ca | June 2021
June, 2019, the Executive Committee of the Board of Regents of Victoria
University (University of Toronto) charged me with providing a report
on the legacy of Egerton Ryerson. They asked that the report consider
historical and current contexts for understanding Ryerson’s involvement
with and impact upon Indigenous communities, and that it make
recommendations regarding the honorific use of Ryerson’s name on the
Victoria University campus.
Feminist nun Donna
Quinn leaves a legacy of justice activism
Mary E. Hunt, ncronline.org | August 27, 2021
Dominican Sr. Donna Quinn, longtime feminist social justice advocate,
died July 30 at the age of 84. She was a pioneer, well ahead of her
time and of many of her peers on women's issues in church and society.
Donna was tireless, stalwart, a proverbial force of nature, though even
nature gives up every once in a while. Donna never did.
served on the committee that set up the first meeting in 1975 in
Detroit that founded the Women's Ordination Conference on whose board
she later served.
paradigm-shifting lectionary for the whole church
Christine Schenk, ncronline.org |August 24, 2021
Reviewing the Rev.
Wil Gafney's new A
Women's Lectionary for the Whole Church
(Church Publishing) has filled me with gratitude and delight. This
long-awaited resource is a rare combination of impeccable scholarship
and pastoral usability. A Hebrew and rabbinic scholar and professor of
Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School, Gafney also happens to be an
Episcopal priest who preaches regularly. In the introduction to the new
Lectionary she asks,
does it look like to tell the Good News through the stories of women
who are often on the margins of scripture and often set up to represent
bad news? How would a lectionary centering women's stories, chosen with
womanist and feminist commitments in mind, frame the presentation of
the scriptures for proclamation and teaching?
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There is urgent need for assistance for relief. We are encouraged
to be generous in giving to relief agencies directing our donations to
Haiti. Some ways to do this are:
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The lies of ageism:
Who told you that about aging?
Imelda Maurer, globalsistersreport.org | August
one and only prejudice that every living person is subject to is
ageism: judging, characterizing a person or a group based on age. This
prejudice — based, as is racism, on false myths — is largely
unrecognized in our society because awareness of it has not bubbled up
to the level of consciousness in the vast majority of the population.
bias makes the prejudice of ageism more insidious because until we
recognize an issue, we cannot address it.
Reflections on the
by Susan Roll
Reflection for the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time B, Sept 26 2021
Numbers 11: 25-29 (RM), or 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 (RCL); Psalm 19;
James 5: 1-6 (RM), or 6:13-20 (RCL); Mark 9: 38-43, 45, 47-48 (RM) or
9: 38-50 (RCL).
Hell is a garbage dump.
No seriously, in Jesus’ time and place, hell really was a garbage dump.
The word that appears in today’s Gospel reading as “Gehenna” refers to
a valley called “Hinnom” located south and west of Jerusalem, marking
the boundary between the territory of the tribes of Judah and
Benjamin. Some of the kings of Judah were reported to have carried out
child sacrifice to the god Molech there. The prophet Jeremiah
denounced Gehenna as a place of fire and slaughter. The idea of
Gehenna as a place of unquenchable fire (in Greek asbeston) and worms
comes from Isaiah 66:24. Visualize a huge smoking pit on the far edge
And thus the popular image of hell, as a place where searing sulfurous
fire inflicts unending agony as eternal punishment for sins, entered
the popular imagination of Christians. It fueled, so to speak,
centuries of hellfire-and-damnation sermons designed to terrify the
hearers into morally upright conduct, whether they were, in fact,
morally degenerate or not. Paralyzing terror can be a very effective
tool to ensure compliance.
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