National Indigenous Day of Prayer

June 2 was the fifth anniversary of the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), addressing the history and legacy of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools system. The United Church of Canada operated 15 residential schools, accounting for 10 percent of students, all of whom suffered cultural loss and many of whom were subject to physical, sexual, and other forms of abuse in the schools.

Five years ago, The United Church of Canada acknowledged their part in this “assault on Indigenous families, culture, language, and spiritual traditions,” and said that “we continue to share a responsibility to ensure that the task of reconciliation does not end today.” This would not have happened if it were not for the action of residential school survivors.

-Shared from United Action For Justice Newsletter

 Indigenous Day of Prayer

Creator God, Great Spirit, whose compassion has been known in our lives more times than we can count, we open our hearts and souls to the needs of this world. 

On this Indigenous Day of Prayer, we acknowledge the great injustices perpetrated against those who lived on and cared for this land long before our ancestors arrived. 

We pray that with compassion and determination we will continue to make ourselves aware of the impact of Residential Schools, the Sixties Scoop, and the suppression of Indigenous culture and tradition so that the legacy of colonization is acknowledged by each of us. 

Creator God, Great Spirit, you call us to relationships rooted in equality and respect. This day we covenant to be more aware of the racism that the Indigenous, Métis, and Inuit people of this country experience. We commit ourselves to raise our voices when we hear prejudiced comments, to guide others in the sacred direction of celebrating diversity that is your gift to humanity.

Creator God, Great Spirit, in the quiet of our hearts and through the witness of our beings we pray thanks for Your accompaniment on the journey toward individual and communal wisdom and understanding. Let us who are the Church stand in solidarity and true to Jesus’ call to reconcile with sisters and brothers.

Creator God, Great Spirit, hear our prayers and guide our actions from this moment on.

– From The United Church of Canada Website by Carolyn Wilson Wynne from one of the services prepared for Indigenous Day of Prayer 2020

For more information on why we celebrate Indigenous Day of Prayer, please click here.

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