The mandate of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada is to learn the truth about what happened in the Indian Residential Schools and to help guide First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples and Canadians toward reconciliation and renewed relationships based on mutual understanding and respect. Saskatchewan Conference’s Justice and Right Relations Network works toward overcoming the separation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples and deepening relationships among all nations in Saskatchewan.
Leta and Doreen hadn’t given the Truth and Reconciliation Commission much thought. Leta raises two grandchildren and cares for two ill relatives. Doreen raises four grandchildren. Long-time friends who live on the same Regina street, the women manage full lives on small incomes.
Leta and Doreen lived through the Indian Residential Schools and the intergenerational fall-out from those times. But like many resilient First Nations women, they set their school experiences aside to face the demands of life. When they learned that Saskatchewan Conference’s Justice and Right Relations Network was helping families attend the National Truth and Reconciliation Event in Saskatoon, they seized the opportunity.
Through volunteers, friends, and Mission and Service money, the network set up billets, picnic lunches, and transportation for families to attend the Truth and Reconciliation Event.
One year later, the women still talk about their weekend and express gratitude for United Church support. We receive their thanks with ambivalence, knowing we helped construct the system of Indian Residential Schools.
Mighty and tender God, our gifts to M&S help your church to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you.