National Aboriginal Day

Creator God,
from you every family in heaven and earth takes its name.
You have rooted and grounded us
in your covenant love,
and empowered us by your Spirit
to speak the truth in love,
and to walk in your way towards justice and wholeness.
Mercifully grant that your people,
journeying together in partnership,
may be strengthened and guided
to help one another to grow into the full stature  of Christ,
who is our light and our life. Amen
Collect for the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer; Propers approved at General Synod 2010
Today, in Canada, we celebrate National Aboriginal Day, a day to celebrate the legacy of Aboriginal people in our country and to promote justice for Aboriginal people.

As a country, we are in the midst of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), gatherings where government and church officials are listening to stories in order to share the burden of residential school survivors. You can read more about the Anglican Church’s participation from the Anglican Journal.

In an earlier post I talked about our General Synod where we honoured Indigenous people not just by setting a day aside, but by integrating their unique voice and leadership into governance structures. I have heard comments that the TRC is just talk and means nothing without action. I agree, and so does my church.

Today I am thinking of my neighbours in reserves around Nova Scotia, the beauty they share with me, and the daily fight they endure.
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