While the Diocese of Kootenay did not have any Indian Residential Schools, they supported schools across Canada through national Anglican initiatives.
2009 The Kootenay Cares Campaign was launched to raise $275,000, which was Kootenay’s share of the Anglican Church of Canada’s Indian Residential School Settlement (IRS) Fund
2014 The Diocese of Kootenay scanned over 2000 archival documents and submitted them digitally to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, (TRC) to be stored in a new National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) at the University of Manitoba.
2016 – to this date, the Diocese of Kootenay has contributed over $195,000 to the Anglican Healing Fund to sponsor over 18 projects in the Diocese, in places such as Chase, Creston, Cranbrook and Penticton. As a response to the on-going legacy of the residential school system, grants from the healing fund are made to encourage and initiate programs that help heal, educate, and recover language and culture.
2017 The Diocese of Kootenay donated its refund from the Residential School Settlement Fund to UBC to support a cultural safety curriculum addressing barriers facing indigenous people’s access to health care.
Some of our parishes are working to respond to the TRC Calls to Action for Churches.