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Create a Territorial Acknowledgement

Acknowledgements of Indigenous territory are in use in churches across the country, often as a first step in the journey of reconciliation.  Acknowledgements may include a number of components:

  • identifying traditional Indigenous territory;
  • naming treaty agreements;
  • re-affirming wampum traditions, like “The Dish With One Spoon”; 
  • lifting up commitments, like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action and The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
  • confronting traditional texts that have been used to justify colonization, including both biblical and historical frameworks like the Doctrine of Discovery;
  • and connection to contemporary struggles for justice.   

Read more on the Territorial Acknowledgements page here. 

Be a Witness

As part of our commitment to right relations, Toronto Conference aims to have witnesses in every congregation. Being a witness means keeping the history of the legacy of Residential schools, living out the United Church apologies, and making a commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. Read a reflection On Being a Witness, from the Living Into Right Relations Circle.  (1 page PDF).

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If you have any questions about any of the information above, please contact:

Jody Maltby
Toronto Conference Right Relations Coordinator
1.800.446.4729  | 416.241.2677 | ext. 6233


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