Deepening Our Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation

We are all called and responsible for becoming more informed and active Allies and Treaty Partners with the Indigenous Community as we strive to live more deeply our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation.

Becoming Treaty Partners
Here you'll find suggested books, links, television (APTN and GEM CBC ) and other means that can assist your learning and deepening awareness as an individual as well as suggestions for
initiating and engaging in activities in the parish or with other groups. WOLIWON - THANK YOU..

Other Links:

Indigenous Relations (@ Diocese of St. John)
Praying about Residential Schools - A Way of the Cross

Open Space, Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice

The Jesuit Forum brings small groups together to reflect, share, and speak openly to help discern pathways to a more socially just and spiritually fulfilling world. The April 2024 issue, entitled “Discerning…The Confession of Genocide for Truth and Reconciliation”, is being provided as another opportunity to learn and educate us on our journey to becoming better allies.

Solar Eclipse: Indigenous Knowledge

In this section, learn about Indigenous Knowledge on solar eclipses!
Content from

Narratives of the YouTube Video:

   Total Eclipse Story, by Samantha Doxtator
      Mohawk, English, French

   The Hiawatha Wampum and a Solar Eclipse, by Melanie Demers
      Mohawk, English, French

   Tshakapesh Traps the Sun, by Laurie Rousseau-Nepton
      Mikmaq, English, French

Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick (WNNB) Ally Toolkit

As noted on the Truth and Reconciliation website: “for Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples to coexist peacefully, a relationship must be built on understanding and respect. That understanding can be a first step to better relations on a range of issues including environmental, spiritual, societal, and justice matters.”

The link below provided by the WNNB is a great resource on what it means to become an ally and how we can best accomplish this as individuals and within our Parish. Woliwon- Thank you.

Wabanaki Healing Garden

The garden is the brainchild of Cecelia Brooks, a Knowledge Keeper from St. Mary’s First Nation, and her son, Anthony Brooks. "One of the things that Anthony and I talked about was the reconciliation process here in Canada, and that we truly believe that it's the grassroots people that will initiate that and carry that," said Cecelia Brooks. "We feel like some of the misunderstandings that happen are because there's not a clear understanding of our culture and our history. So that's what we do. We teach them [settlers] about the medicines ... our hope is that will aid in that reconciliation process." The Healing Garden is situated in the Fredericton Botanic Garden (Prospect Street entrance).

Indigenous Authors

Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places

by Kaitlin B. Curtice (Potawatomi Citizen Band)

Glory Happening is a book of stories and prayers that remind you to take a closer look at your everyday circumstances. It is an invitation to live deeply into every moment with the expectation that something good will find you at the end of the day.

We Were Not the Savages

by Daniel, Paul, CM and ONS

A Mi’kmaq elder, author, columnist and human rights activist wrote the history of Indigenous people of Atlantic Canada from a factual, historical, Indigenous perspective. Since the first edition was published in 1993, Daniel Paul’s ongoing research confronts the mainstream record of Canadian settler colonialism and reveals that the mistreatment of Indigenous Peoples is not confined to the past.

I Lost My Talk

by Rita Joe, CM

Rita Joe was a famous Mi’kmaq poet who celebrated her language, culture, and way of life. Born in Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia and orphaned at the age of ten. The poem tells her childhood story of losing her language while in the Shubenacadie Residential School. Her powerful words explore and celebrate the survival of Mi’kmaq culture and language despite the attempts to eradicate it. Upon her death in 2007, the Globe and Mail named her the Poet Laureate of the Mi’kmaq people. “I was only a housewife with a dream to bring laughter to the sad eyes of my people.”

Braiding Sweetgrass

by Robin Wall Kimmerer. PhD

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants is a 2013 nonfiction book by Potawatomi professor Robin Wall Kimmerer, about the role of Indigenous knowledge as an alternative or complementary approach to Western mainstream scientific methodologies.

Braiding Sweetgrass explores reciprocal relationships between humans and the land, with a focus on the role of plants and botany in both Native American and Western traditions. The book received largely positive reviews, appearing on several bestseller lists. Kimmerer is known for her scholarship on traditional ecological knowledge, ethnobotany, and moss ecology.