Truth and Reconciliation
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada issued 94 Calls to Action after a multi-year process of documenting what happened in the Indian Residential Schools that operated in Canada for some 150 years, and listening to experiences reported by survivors, their families, communities and anyone personally affected by the Residential School experience and its subsequent impacts. Churches were part of that TRC process, are addressed in the Calls to Action, and are committed to a path of reconciliation. Find out more at: Truth and Reconciliation
Questions and answers about residential schools – a resource for Catholics courtesy of the Archdiocese of Toronto: PDF
Catholic Bishops of Canada Sept. 24, 2021: Statement of Apology to Indigenous Peoples of this Land: PDF (English) / (French)
Saskatchewan Catholic Bishops Sept. 28, 2021: Catholic TRC Healing Response update: PDF
Indigenous Pastoral and Lay Leader Ministry Education
Indigenous Pastoral & Lay Leader Ministry Education is a continuing education program for Catholic Indigenous and non-Indigenous clergy and lay ministers, led by teams of Indigenous and non-Indigenous instructors, modelling respectful and reconciling relationships. The program is jointly sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, St. Thomas More College and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools.
The Indigenous Ministry Education courses reflect the following:
- An overview of the features of Indigenous peoples in western Canada, with specific recurrence to the Saskatchewan context.
- An overview of the history and features of contact and relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples with specific reference to the Roman Catholic Church experience.
- Creation of a dialogue between Indigenous and Christian world views.
- Insight into the history that has shaped the complex nature of the relationships in the present day.
- Provide mutual sharing and hope for a respectful and harmonious future as children of God, who together seek beauty and good of all.
Find more information / online registration at: rcdos.ca/indigenous-ministry-education
Diocesan Council for Truth and Reconciliation
The Diocesan Council of Truth and Reconciliation is a sharing and consultative circle of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people providing guidance to the diocese of Saskatoon. It arises out of the promise made at the Saskatchewan Truth and Reconciliation Commission event held in Saskatoon during the summer of 2012. A number of projects and initiatives have been initiated and supported through the new diocesan council. Find out more at Diocesan Council for Truth and Reconciliation
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
In 2007, Bishop Albert LeGatt created the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon’s newest parish, Our Lady of Guadalupe, as the next step in the ministry that was provided by Guadalupe House for over 20 years. Our Lady of Guadalupe is a Catholic parish for First Nations, Métis, Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples. Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish offers an opportunity to experience the Catholic faith through the traditions and spirituality of Indigenous culture.
Find out more: Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
Indigenous Adult Faith Enrichment
This unique stream of the Adult Faith Enrichment program (formerly known as “Lay Formation”) fills a great need for the Aboriginal, First Nations and Metis people of the Saskatoon Diocese, the Diocese of Prince Albert and the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas.
Participants in Indigenous Adult Faith Enrichment, along with the diocesan and eparchial participants of Adult Faith Enrichment held monthly at Queen’s House in Saskatoon, deepen their Catholic faith, with a particular focus on First Nations spirituality, culture and tradition. Find out more at: Indigenous Adult Faith Enrichment