Posts Tagged ‘indigenous people’

Everyone’s talking about the Doctrine of Discovery

Monday, August 1st, 2022
Doctrine of Discovery

The Doctrine of Discovery is making headlines, especially in Canada. Numerous individuals and groups want it gone. The Doctrine is a collection of papal teachings beginning in the 14th century. The teachings (called papal bulls) blessed explorers’ efforts to colonise and claim the lands of any people who were not Christian. The explorers would then Read more

Pope arrives in Canada on penitential trip

Monday, July 25th, 2022

Pope Francis has arrived in Canada on what he calls a “penitential” trip. The Vatican says the trip’s theme is “walking together”. Francis hopes to reconcile with Canada’s indigenous people for the abuse indigenous children suffered at mostly church-run residential schools. Hundreds of possible grave sites have been found at the schools. Catholic missionaries are Read more

Angry survivors want to determine Pope’s Canadian apology

Monday, April 11th, 2022
Angry survivors

Survivors of Canada’s residential schools say they should decide when and where the pope comes to apologise. The apology must be given to all survivors, and some would not feel comfortable attending a traditional Catholic event, the angry survivors say. The comments from the current indigenous leaders represent a new generation that wants redress rather Read more

Archbishop of Canterbury to meet area residential school survivors

Monday, April 11th, 2022

The Archbishop of Canterbury will hold an informal meeting with residential school survivors next month in Brantford. The Most Rev. Justin Welby, head of the Church of England and leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, is visiting Canada from April 29 to May 3 to highlight the church’s desire to pursue reconciliation with indigenous people. Read more

Papal apology: like seeing fresh moose tracks

Monday, April 4th, 2022
fresh moose tracks

Like walking through the snow and seeing fresh moose tracks. This is National Chief, Gerald Antoine’s description of Pope Francis’ apology for the part the Catholic Church played in Canada’s residential school system. “That is the feeling that I have, because there is a possibility,” he said moments after the apology. “Today is a day Read more

Elder to elder: Indigenous woman to Pope

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Anitalia Pijachi, (pictured) an indigenous woman from the Amazonian town of Leticia, Colombia, came to the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon bringing a message from the elders of her people to Pope Francis, an elder of the Catholic Church. The first Europeans to arrive in the Amazon were “invaders,” she said. “They never asked Read more

Episcopalian bishop raises Maori flag in USA

Monday, July 24th, 2017

A  flag carried by 1998  Hikoi of Hope marchers now hangs in the office of the Episcopalian bishop of the diocese of North Dakota in the USA. Bishop Michael Smith holds it up as a symbol of progress made by Maori and as an emblem of the partnerships formed between Anglicans in Aotearoa and Episcopalians in Read more

NZ Anglicans attend conference on indigenous issues

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Last month a small delegation of New Zealand Anglicans attended the biennial Anglican Indigenous Network (AIN) conference which was held in New York. Before the Conference, the delegation met with former Prime Minister Helen Clark, who is now the Head of the United Nations Development Programme. The delegation also met with New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to Read more

Call for Pope to debunk papal bulls that backed colonisation

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Pressure is growing on Rome to explicitly reject a series of 15th century papal bulls and decrees that justified the colonisation of indigenous peoples. The Leadership Conference of Women Religious in the United States is calling on Pope Francis to clarify and repudiate any remaining legal status of what is known as the “Doctrine of Read more