The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada recognizes the voices of our Indigenous brothers and sisters as shared through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Call to Action 60. We seek to promote education and awareness within the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada for the purpose of understanding our place in the truth and reconciliation efforts in Canada.
These efforts will include collaboration with Indigenous spiritual leaders, survivors, and other Indigenous peoples to educate staff in our denominational organizations and entities, and church members who work and live in Indigenous communities. The focus will be on the "need to respect Indigenous spirituality in its own right, the history and legacy of residential schools and the roles of the church parties in that system, the history and legacy of religious conflict in Aboriginal families and communities, and the responsibility that churches have to mitigate such conflicts and prevent spiritual violence" (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Call to Action 60).
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada resolves to follow the Creator's teachings of living with humility, courage, respect, truth, honesty, love, and wisdom with the Indigenous peoples of Canada - a journey of hope, healing, and wholeness with all our relations.
“. . . if you feel connected to the future of this country, and if you feel responsible for the future, then you need to care about reconciliation, for the sake of the future of this country.”
- Justice Murray Sinclair
"All this is from the Creator, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation."
- Apostle Paul,
2 Corinthians 5:18