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Father Bill Brennan, Pastor.
Note from Fr. Bill: This week I am filled with heartbreak and sorrow, as we all are, at the discovery of the remains of the 215 indigenous children of the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc First Nation. The only words that come to me are “I am sorry”. ‘I am sorry for what has happened and what continues to happen in the mistreatment and oppression of indigenous people and my role in being complicit with it. We are being told loud and clear that reconciliation can not take place without ‘knowing’ the truth. The ‘truth’ in the discovery of the graves of these 215 children is a story of devastation for them, their families, communities and generations left to survive… and… a story of horrific ‘wrong-doing’ by our Church. We need to ‘know’ deeply this truth and it’s impact at a level which will move us into change. I believe we can only get this deep knowledge that brings about real change through ‘listening’. I have a lot of listening to do in the days and years to come.
I offer us these two quotes that we can ‘listen’ to, reflect on and pray with as they take deeper meaning in our lives.:
“Listen, or your tongue will keep you deaf.” (Indigenous Wisdom)
“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” (Angela Davis)
The following is for our deep listening as a next step in ‘knowing’ the ‘Truth’:
The Orange Shirt Story (by Phyllis Webstat)
The Orange Shirt Story is well known children's book in Canada. This true story also inspired the movement of Orange Shirt Day which could become a federal statuatory holiday
When Phyllis Webstad (nee Jack) turned six, she went to the residential school for the first time. On her first day at school, she wore a shiny orange shirt that her Granny had bought for her, but when she got to the school, it was taken away from her and never returned. This is the true story of Phyllis and her orange shirt.
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