Truth and Reconciliation
We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that The Road church is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearpaw, and Wesley First Nations. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
We acknowledge land so that, where once there was a blindness to and the erasure of a people, there is now sight and witness and opportunity for a transformed relationship with those who are our neighbors.
The Journey of Truth and Reconciliation at The Road
At The Road Church, we talk about what justice looks like in God's Kingdom, in the bible, and then why we need to engage with that word and all its implications for our real lives in Calgary (check here for sermons on justice you might have missed). As more and more of us in our community become acquainted with the injustice done to our Indigenous neighbours, and as we come to terms with how our unjust history is affecting people's lives today, we are asking many questions, like "As people reconciled to God, how do we reconcile with our neighbour? What do we do now?”
We at The Road are learning, we are asking questions, we are praying. Mostly, we are trying to listen to what our neighbours are saying, and we are then wanting to act differently. No matter where you are on this journey of reconciliation, you are invited to journey with us.
If you are looking for more information here are some websites you can look to.
Check out the website for the Christian Reformed Church’s Aboriginal Ministry and the Canadian Aboriginal Ministries Committee. These will give you a sense of our broader community’s engagement with the issues as well as worship/reflective resources that you can use.
Some interesting articles came out early in 2018 in Canadian magazine Faith Today written by Ambrose university professor Mark Buchanon and Christian-Indigenous leader Cheryl Bear on what it means to be reconciled as Christians. Definitely check those out. As Cheryl Bear writes, “We can be better together. What are our first steps?”
If you are interested in what the reconciliation with our Indigenous neighbors that is being asked for looks like and what it means to respond as Christians to this real-life justice issue on our doorsteps, we host a semi-regular Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report Reading Group where we engage with the TRC's findings and recommendations. Contact Jacqui at for information on meeting times.
Not long ago, The Road Church participated in The Blanket Exercise, which is a learning tool for non-indigenous Canadians to learn some of the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada. What was most striking about the day spent with the exercise and with our facilitator Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes was that, even though the worldviews and spiritual understandings are different between Christians and Indigenous peoples, we can still see the value in each other, we can be welcoming to each other and MOST IMPORTANTLY we can take one another’s stories seriously. That is an important thing to hold on to.
The longing for justice is the longing for putting things to rights. Every human has this longing innately working within them – for ourselves and for others. As we ourselves are healed inside and out, we then look to be a part of the healing of others. What would happen if we continue to follow this longing? Where would that thread lead us? What story would we actually be telling then? What story do we indeed live out of?
In His grace and peace, and only by the power of that grace and peace, we will walk down this road together.