Monday, March 21, 2016

Anglican archbishop acknowledges suffering caused by residential school system

From Canada-

"I'm sorry."

He's said it before and Anglican Archbishop of Canada Fred Hiltz says he'll keep saying it.

"I must never weary of saying, on behalf of our church, I'm sorry."

But, said the archbishop Saturday, words aren't enough.

In order to promote the continuous reconciliation with the aboriginal survivors of the residential school system and their families, Hiltz said, the church must take action.

At the Mohawk Chapel, the archbishop announced several new steps the church will take, answering a call to action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Report.

Hiltz called on the church to: include the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the handbook of the general synod; to publicly read that document in every parish on the Sunday closest to June 21, National Aboriginal Day; to include the declaration when preparing candidates for baptisms and confirmation; and to commit to anti-racism training.

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