June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. As people of faith we are committed to addressing the legacy of harm done to Indigenous Peoples by churches and governments, and to forging right relationships.
We look at your world and praise you for the diversity all around us.
Thank you for the gift of relationships; our connection with people, animals and the land.
Help us, Lord, to see differences and diversity as strengths.
Help us to listen and understand; to meet one another with wonder and anticipation.
Help us to love as you love, without expectation.
Reveal to us your way of reconciliation and guide us into right relationships with all living things.
Lead us to understand how Indigenous peoples have been and continue to be profoundly harmed by settler people and institutions.
Lead us to repent when we as settlers deny Indigenous peoples respect, dignity and fullness of life.
Help us to listen compassionately, to speak humbly and to act justly.
Help us to seek the peace, justice and reconciliation you desire among all your children.
Thank you for your mercy and grace.
In addition to praying for reconciliation we invite support for Bill C-262 which, if passed by Parliament, would ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). This bill is currently at Third Reading (the final stage before Royal Assent) in the Senate, but time is running out. If Bill C-262 is not passed by the time the Senate rises for summer, it will die when Parliament is dissolved for the fall election.
Senators need to hear from Canadians about the importance of moving this bill forward.
Please join us in contacting Senators, continuing to urge the Canadian government to fulfill its commitment to reconciliation by supporting the passage of this important bill through the Senate.
Prayer by Dianne Climenhage, MCC Maritimes Regional Representative