Monday, October 21, 2013

Support First Nations in local healing and education

Second collection for Canada's Aboriginal People
"Moving forward, we can envision a more promising future in which strong Aboriginal families raise their children in culturally proud and thriving communities," said Phil Fontaine, National Co-Chair of the Moving Forward Together Campaign. Photo Credit:
A special one-time collection for the "Moving Forward Together Campaign" will be held on the Second Sunday of Advent, Dec 7-8, 2013.

"Together with Dioceses across Canada," wrote Archbishop J. Michael Miller in a letter, "the Archdiocese of Vancouver is taking part in an important initiative in support of our First Nations brothers and sisters."

"It is very important," stated Rennie Nahanee, from the First Nations Ministry, "helping [First Nations people] reintegrate back into society."

With Father Garry LaBoucane, the only Catholic First Nations priest in British Columbia, "[the First Nations Ministry] hopes to bring more urban Aboriginal People back to church or for some reconciliation."

This special collection will be a "way of helping to right some wrongs from the past that had to deal with Catholic people who taught in residential schools."

"People can learn of the indigenous people of this country," explained Nahanee.

"This pew collection," said Archbishop Miller, "is not meant to fund any legal settlement regarding the residential schools, but to support local ongoing healing and education programs in the Archdiocese of Vancouver: Talitha Koum Society and Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Centre program for Aboriginal Ministry."

For more information about the campaign, visit their website here

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