The Reconciliation Working Group is an active sub-group fo the Social Justice Committee.
The group is continuing to work on how we acknowledge the Indigenous territories our UCV campus is on. We hope to offer learning opportunities related to Indigenous issues including the CUC’s Truth, Healing, and Reconciliation Reflection Guides for congregational members 16 and over. This program supports Canadian Unitarians and Universalists to explore the following areas:
Engagement and Locating Ourselves:
Where we ask: What social identities do each of us have, what culture(s) do we come from? How do we relate inter-culturally? How do we relate to the land we call home?
Where we learn about colonization, in particular the Indian Residential School (IRS) System, and its impacts on the lives of Indigenous peoples in the past and present.
Where we seek to update our understandings of Indigenous societies and learn about current issues. Where we learn how to be in solidarity, and, when ready, reach out to local Indigenous leaders.
Healing and Reconciliation:
Where we ask: What does healing and reconciliation mean to Indigenous peoples? What does it mean to us as Unitarian Universalists? What are the next steps for building connections and making commitments?
How to Get Involved
The intensive learning experience offered through the THRGG orientation process (approximately eight 2.5-hour sessions) is designed for face-to-face gatherings so we will examine the feasibility of offering this beginning sometime in the autumn, depending on the COVID-19 guidelines.
We are currently looking for one or two members who would be willing to be part of a facilitation and planning team over the Summer and Fall of 2020. We are looking for people with strong facilitation skills and a willingness to be part of a THRGG orientation process. We would welcome a young adult to this team. If you are interested or want to find out more, please fill out the form below!