94 Calls To Action in the Truth and Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation Group

Posted : Dec-07-2021

Canadian Bishops Release Pastoral Letters to Advance the Healing Journey with Indigenous Peoples of this landOn February 8, 2023, the Bishops of Canada released a series of pastoral letters to advance the journey of healing, reconciliation and hope with Indigenous Peoples of this land. Individual letters have been prepared for First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. In addition, the bishops have released a letter to Catholics throughout the country.Copies of the letters can be accessed by visiting: www.archtoronto.org/healingandreconciliationCatholics throughout the archdiocese are invited to reflect, learn and join in efforts to nurture and deepen our relationship with Indigenous Peoples. We pray that the letters may serve as an additional tool to guide the journey of healing, reconciliation and hope.

Holy Name/Jesuit Forum - Register for Listening to Indigenous Voices Dialogue Circle series

                                            February to May 2023


As mentioned earlier this month, the Holy Name parish Truth and Reconciliation group is pleased to host a Dialogue Circle series in partnership with the Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice.

This is one way we are being invited to enter into the spirit of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action as a faith community.


Gathering Times and Sessions from “Listening To Indigenous Voices”

This series of small group dialogues will begin in February and meet once a month for a total of four gatherings.


  1.  Sunday, February 26th - Session 5 - Ties of Kinship
  2.  Sunday, March 26th -     Session 2 - A Tale of Two Communities
  3.  Sunday, April 23rd -       Session 7 - Killing the Indian in the Child
  4.  Sunday, May 21st  -        Session 10 - Pathways to Decolonization


Each session is stand-alone so it is not necessary to register for all four sessions.

We will meet in the basement hall after the 10 am Mass.

Each session will last approx 90 minutes.

There will be a separate version of each of these sessions geared to children aged 5-12 on each of the four Sundays. If you register your children, we strongly suggest that you also register for the adult sessions.



To register, please call or email the parish office at - HolyNameTO@archtoronto.org When you register, please indicate which session(s) you want to join.  Participation will be limited to 20 people per session so don’t wait too long to register!


Listening to Indigenous Voices Guidebook

All dialogue circles will focus on a  selection of sessions from the Jesuit Forum’s Listening to Indigenous Voices guidebook, published by Novalis Canada.  You will need to purchase the guidebook in advance, to prepare for the sessions.  The book costs $20.00.  If this cost is a barrier to your participation, please pay what you can.

The books will be for sale after Saturday and Sunday masses for the next few weeks.



The Truth and Reconciliation Group has put together the following list of books, internet links and other resources as a result of ongoing dialogue within the Parish on how we as parishioners can learn more about Truth and Reconciliation, as part of Action #59 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, namely: “We call upon church parties to the Settlement Agreement to develop ongoing education strategies to ensure that their respective congregations learn about their church's role in colonization, the history and legacy of residential schools, and why apologies and reparations to former residential school survivors, their families and communities were necessary.”  

We invite you to explore these resources and join in on our shared learning journey. Our next meeting will be in January, at which time we have committed to share reflections on what we have read over the holidays.

Truth and Reconciliation Community Suggested Reading List 17Dec2021.pdf