National Indigenous Day of Prayer Friday, June 21, 2019
National Indigenous Sunday, June 23, 2019
Bishop Lynne encourages parishes to consider marking National Indigenous Sunday on Sunday, June 23 (the closest Sunday to June 21, National Indigenous Day.) One of the things that excites me about the Diocese of Kootenay is a will to live into our commitments to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and I pray you find creative ways to do this in your community.
The General Synod established the National Indigenous Day of Prayer on the 21 June in the Calendar of the Anglican Church of Canada enrolled under the heading of Other Major Feasts That Take Precedence of a Sunday and listed within of Other Major Feasts on page 16 of the BAS.
Click here to see resources on the Anglican Church of Canada website, such as a Liturgy, Propers, and Litany for Healing and Reconciliation.
Click here to see Resources for Worship in the Vision of the New Agape.
If this is something new in your parish, you could show the brief 5 minute film a reading of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). I used this as part of the sermon last year on National Indigenous Sunday and people found it moving.
Or, if you have lots of time, the new documentary Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts is brilliant. I saw it in March at the council of General Synod, and commend it to you.
This might be a good Sunday to introduce the practice of Territorial Acknowledgement as an Act of Reconciliation.