Reconciliation Network

Upcoming Events at Unitarian Church of Vancouver

 Sat, Jan 19, 2019 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Raven People Rising: Film Screening and Fundraiser

The Nathan E. Stewart sank: but the Heiltsuk are rising.
Stunning footage combines with compelling storytelling to paint an urgent picture of a Nation poised to change the conversation about rights and reconciliation in this country.

 January to May 2019, weekly meeting
From Colonization to Reconciliation – A Reading and Discussion Group

From “Colonization to Reconciliation” is a reading and discussion group that will begin meeting in January 2019 at UCV.  Together, we will read the 1876 Indian Act, the 1969 White Paper, relevant portions of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the Kelowna Accord, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Summary Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

 Sat, Mar 30, 2019 morning-afternoon
Building Bridges Through Understanding the Village – Experiential Workshop

Learn more First Nations ways and values and the impact of colonization with
facilitator, Kathi Camilleri. Learning outcomes include:
– A cognitive and emotional understanding of traditional First Nations values
– A deep and emotional insight into the depth and inter-generational effects of colonization
– Methods for creating supportive relationships in a positive way


Our congregation aspires to support justice for indigenous peoples and uses the Canadian Unitarian Council’s ‘Expression of Reconciliation’ to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission delivered March 29, 2014 in Edmonton as its guide. This guide includes these commitments:

  • To acknowledge and accept our responsibility for truth-telling, healing and reconciliation
  • To assemble and promote educational materials regarding the history and impact of the Indian Residential School system
  • To continue to learn more about the richness of indigenous spirituality and cultures.

UCV hosted a January 2016 pilot of CUC’s Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Reflection Guides with modules on the Indian Residential School system, exploring stereotypes, understanding colonization and an experience of the Kairos Blanket Exercise.  We hosted another Kairos Blanket Exercise at UCV in June 2018.  Social Justice Committee Chair, Leslie Kemp, is actively involved with the national CUC team currently updating the Reflection Guides for further roll out in 2019.

Click here to download: Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

Why a Reconciliation “Network”?

Many of us are actively involved with reconciliation.  Many of us have questions and aren’t sure where to turn for answers.  Many of us would like opportunities to learn more and to have dialogue with others.  In acknowledging all of this, our Reconciliation Network reflects the fact that we have no special committee or group responsible for reconciliation.  We are all part of the network.

A fluid working group is meeting at various times (rather than a set time/day) to nurture this network and everyone is welcome to join us.  This webpage will be evolving and changing.  Please email us at reconciliation@vancouverunitarians with your questions, ideas and suggestions.

What can you do?

Read a book, watch a documentary, take a course, join a discussion group.  Check out our growing list of resources below.

Reconciliation Resources


– Documentaries
– APTN Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
– and more.


– First Nations authors
– First Nations law
– History before and after colonization
– and more.


– Radio programs
– Podcasts
– and more.


– Online programs
– Community programs
– and more.

Historical Documents

– 2015 Report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
– and more.

Reference Guides