This Hits Home – Church Apologies, Reconciliation, and UNDRIP

Day 19 of sharing the 94 Calls to Action (CTAs) from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Today's CTAs are particularly convicting for me, because I’m a practicing Christian. My faith teaches me to repent of the wrongs committed by our Christian faith community (even if I didn’t commit them myself), and actively repair harm and heal hurts, as part of repentance.

Apologies and Reconciliation

So let me start by saying, I’m sorry.

I’m sorry for everything that was done to First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, women, two-spirit, queer, men, Elders – all Indigenous peoples.

I’m sorry that people did these terrible things in the name of Catholic/Christian religion, and used religion as a weapon against Indigenous peoples.

I’m sorry that people from my religious community defended these actions and took no responsibility for what our faith leaders have done.

I’m sorry that even today, many Catholics/Christians look the other way, or excuse and justify what was done.