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"Missing Faces" (created by Rosemary Gage) was made with sincere compassion and the sole intention was to acknowledge what had happened with the discovery of First Nations unmarked graves. May it bring awareness and open the discussion about truth and reconciliation to anyone who sees it. On Sunday, August 15, 2021 at the hybrid worship service at Stanbridge East United, this button Memorial will be dedicated. There will be a second public gathering of remembrance in the Cowansville Cemetery...

On behalf of LIRR (the Living into Right Relations Circle), we would like to recommend to the Regional Council that Canada Day be a time of reflection and to read the following as they contemplate the history of Canada and what is needed to begin reconciliation with the First Peoples of Turtle Island. We would ask people to engage in the three following documents: Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission: http://trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf MMIWG Report on...

The history of residential schools in Canada is a painful scar that continues to re-open in the relationship between indigenous peoples and the settler communities of Canada. After the discovery of the bodies of 215 children found on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School, many people are walking with indigenous communities in this renewed grief, and would like to better understand the most appropriate actions to take next, after taking time to mourn and lament the lost children...

by Adedeji Sunday Akintayo, Community Worker, Beaconsfield United Church After 11 months of anxiety, an American jury turned in a guilty verdict on the 2020 killing of George Floyd, an African American by the Police. It found Derek Chauvin, a white officer of the Minneapolis Police Department guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. It marked a conclusion of judicial consequences for a killing that sparked protests in the United States...

Moderator Richard Bott shares why NOW is the time to call on our government to roll out a guaranteed livable income program. Such a program would enable all people to live with dignity, regardless of work status. Contact Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland today. Now is the time to make history! Find out more about how you can join the call for a guaranteed livable income program:...

Deb Anderson-Pratt, a Cree/Saulteaux residential school survivor, was ordained as a minister last fall. She shares her personal story of struggle with religion and her dream of a safe place. Through The Healing Fund (largely funded by Mission & Service), your generosity supports the Sandy-Salteaux Spiritual Centre in Manitoba, where both Indigenous and Christian spiritual beliefs are respected, shared, and understood. Where Indigenous leaders like Deb answer God’s call to a ministry of...