The Right Relations Working Group is working to help us all live more fully into reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. Our three main areas of interest are responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, raising awareness of aboriginal issues within our local community, and establishing links with the local reserve.
We use material from the United Church of Canada, Kairos, the London Conference Living Into Right Relations Committee, the National Film Board, to name some sources. We feel honoured to acknowledge that the land upon which our community is settled was part of the traditional territory of the Attawandaron and Ojibway peoples.
Acknowledgement of Indigenous Territory Statement
“For thousands of years Indigenous peoples have walked on this land in their own territory. Their relationship with the land is at the centre of their lives. We acknowledge the Attawandaron and Ojibwe/Chippewa First Nations and their stewardship of this land. We acknowledge also our responsibility as Treaty Members, living in the Huron Tract (Treaty 29, from 1827). May we all live with respect on this land and live in peace and friendship.”
On Sunday, June 3 - Elder Geraldine Robertson was our special guest as we celebrated National Indigenous Sunday (top photo).
Recently, this media release was published - this is it in part ...
First Nations Nominee Accepted into Order of Ontario
Members of the Right Relations Working Group at Huron Shores United Church in Grand Bend were thrilled to learn that their nominee, Elder Geraldine Robertson of Aamjiwnaang First Nation (formerly Sarnia Reserve), is being awarded the Order of Ontario. The group nominated Geraldine a year ago, after meeting with her several times in their efforts to improve relationships with Canada’s First Nations. Geraldine is devoted to educating both natives and non-natives about the devastating impact of residential schools on generations of Indigenous people.
Contact: John & Virgina Scott at 519-238-6017 for more information.