Winds of Change
Reconciliation is in the wind, a wind that is heralding change across the country. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) opened hearts and minds, inspired a growing movement to repair the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Now, more than ever, we need to respond.
Feb. 10 Ash Wednesday service at TSP, 7pm
Feb. 17 Blanket Exercise at Bloor Street United, 7pm
Feb. 24 Reconciliation: Rooted in Faith, Informed by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – study session in the Chapel at TSP, 7pm
Feb. 28 Modest Steps to Reconciliation with First Nations – leadership offered by John Olthuis and Lois Kunkel; TSP sanctuary; 10:30am
Global Gossip: talkback session with John Olthuis; studio, 12:30pm
March 2 We Are All Treaty People – study session in the Chapel at TSP, 7pm
March 9 Intergenerational Lenten Study with Paige Fraser
March 16 Winds of the Spirit: An opportunity to integrate our learnings and make a personal commitment to this journey. Session led by Betsy Anderson.
Education for Reconciliation: Call to Action #62
This year, KAIROS Winds of Change campaign will focus on TRC Call to Action #62.
#62 calls for the residential school legacy, Treaties and past and present Indigenous contributions to this country to be a mandatory part of the curriculum in each province and territory. This is crucial – without a shared understanding of how our collective past brought us to where we are today, we will not be able to walk together into a better future.
Ontario Report Card
Currently, little mandatory curriculum in Ontario covers Indigenous Issues. Backgrounders on topics such as residential schools are available to teachers to support social studies, history and geography courses. Since 2003, representatives of Indigenous communities and organizations have participated in the curriculum review process to add curriculum expectations on topics such as residential schools at both the elementary and secondary level.
Sign the Petition
We call on the Government of Ontario to fully implement such a curriculum for kindergarten through Grade 12. The petition will be available in the narthex during Lent.