Truth & 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
We know that justice can mean different things to different people. For The Road, it means restoring Shalom (peace) or the relief from injustice. We talk about what this looks like in God's Kingdom, in the bible, and why we need to engage with this issue and all its implications for our real lives in Calgary (check here for sermons on this topic).
As we become acquainted with the injustice done to our Indigenous neighbours, and as understand how our unjust history affects people's lives today, we ask:
"As people reconciled to God, how do we reconcile with our neighbour? What do we do now?”
The longing for restoring Shalom is the longing for putting things to rights. Every human has this longing innately working within them – for ourselves and for others. What would happen if we continue to follow this longing? Where would that road lead us?
In His grace and peace, and only by the power of that grace and peace, we will walk down this road together.
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.
Written by Ambrose university professor Mark Buchanon and Christian-Indigenous leader Cheryl Bear on what it means to be reconciled as Christians.
Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report Reading Group
A semi-regular Reading Group that discusses what it looks like as Christians to respond to real-life justice issues on our doorstep. Contact Pastor Jacqui (for meeting times).
The Blanket Exercise is a learning tool for non-indigenous Canadians to learn some of the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada. The Road participated in this exercise, and what was most striking about our experience 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.