June is Indigenous Peoples History Month, which incorporates National Indigenous Day on June 21. In the Anglican Church of Canada, we have also marked June 21 as National Indigenous Day of Prayer and we will be marking it our June 19th service. Over the last year especially it has become increasingly important to continue to learn about Indigenous history in Canada, the Residential Schools and our Anglican Church’s role in them, so as to more fully understand and begin to move toward meaningful reconciliation. If you would like to explore more about Indigenous History during June here are a few resources, created by the Anglican Church of Canada, that you might find helpful:
Sacred Teachings Podcast https://www.anglican.ca/im/podcasts/
There are now seven incredible seasons to choose from the National Indigenous Ministries Sacred Teachings Podcast. From interviews with Indigenous psychologists to Traditional Teachings, this podcast series highlights the wisdom of Indigenous Elders from across the continent of Turtle Island. There are additional links to other resources posted on this site as well.
Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts, https://www.anglican.ca/primate/tfc/drj/doctrineofdiscovery/
From the Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice. This award-winning documentary provides education and insight into the racist foundations of many of our property and other laws still in existence to this day.
Residential Schools Timeline https://nctr.ca/exhibits/residential-school-timeline/
As part of the resources from the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation, this is a timeline highlighted with photos and information from the first school in 1831 to the close of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 2015. It provides a quick overview and introduction.
List of additional resources and events for Indigenous History Month, compiled by the Toronto Urban Native Ministry, including a link to the monthly virtual tour of The Mohawk Institute (the largest and longest operating Residential School, under Anglican direction, in Ontario and perhaps Canada).