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Right Relations

Quick links to sections on this page:
Videos | LIRR Circle | Resources | Calls to the Church | UNDRIP | Truth and Reconciliation | Staff

Relationships Take Time

Relationships Take Time

Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo, Emmanuel College and Victoria University professor and Special Advisor on Indigenous Issues, spoke to the Living into Right Relations Circle of Shining Waters Regional Council on January 26, 2022. “Even when you think you’ve learned a lot, there is always learning to do. Truth and reconciliation is not a finish line, it’s a journey, a process.” Quoting Esther Wesley, “your role is to listen, listen, and listen some more.”

Video Duration: 1 Hour 25 minutes

A Different Future

 

 

A Different Future

A reflection on the church’s history of residential schools. Produced by The United Church of Canada.

Viewer discretion is advised. This video deals with topics that may cause trauma invoked by memories of past abuse.

Video Duration: 12 minutes

Living into Right Relations Circle

The Living into Right Relations Circle of Shining Waters Regional Council seeks to bring good minds and good hearts to the church’s commitment to truth and reconciliation.

Meeting monthly on Zoom, the circle has widened over the past few years and now connects 20+ communities of faith and interested individuals in the regional council. A time for sharing is regularly part of the circle time when circle participants pray together, share what they are doing in their right relations work, share resources they have found helpful, hear about upcoming events, and learn from occasional speakers. Most importantly, the circle, being mostly non-Indigenous, takes the time to engage in deeper, respectful listening. When possible, an Indigenous United Church community welcomes the circle to its territory.

Education is also an important step in right relations. Some resource suggestions to deepen understanding and learning:
https://shiningwatersregionalcouncil.ca/right-relations/reading-viewing-lists/

The questions by former Truth and Reconciliation Commission Chair, Hon. Justice Murray Sinclair, guide the spiritual roadmap to reconciliation, “Where do I come from? Where am I going? Why am I here? Who am I?”
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/unreserved/national-day-for-truth-and-reconciliation-is-1-step-on-a-long-journey-says-murray-sinclair-1.6184561

If you and/or your community of faith would like to connect to this expanding circle of right relations, please contact regional council right relations staff support, Kim Uyede-Kai, contact info below.

Resources

Principles in the Search for Right Relations (PDF | 2 pages) – Six principles for building right relationships. These principles were identified by the United Church’s Steering Committee on Residential Schools in its report to General Council 38 (Wolfville, NS) in 2003. They were adopted by the General Council Executive in October 2003.

 

The Calls to the Church

Following the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, a group of Indigenous leaders (“caretakers”) in the United Church discerned a way forward for the Indigenous United Church. In July 2017 the National Aboriginal Spiritual Gathering in Pinawa, Manitoba affirmed the document, Calls to the Church, and it was approved by the 43rd General Council in 2018 and implemented.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP)

Often cited as foundational to reconciliation UNDRIP is primarily about survival, dignity, and well-being. Although Canada did not initially sign on, we have since done so. Read more at CBC News, “What Does Implementing UNDRIP Actually Mean?”, November 2019.  

Staff Support

KIM UYEDE-KAI

KIM UYEDE-KAI

Communities of Faith Support, Intercultural Diversity, Anti-Racism and Right Relations Minister

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6173
Email: KUyedeKai@united-church.ca

Serves in: Shining Waters Regional Council

Location: Teleworks and works in the Toronto Office

Role: Kim encourages and connects communities of faith in their work and supports indigenous ministries in their relationship with the region and promotes and supports racial justice.

Contact Kim about: Anti-Racism; Conflict Resolution; Covenants; Governance; Intercultural Ministry; Right Relations; Vision and Mission