94 Calls To Action in the Truth and Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation Group

Posted : Dec-07-2021

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


March to September 2024


The Holy Name parish Truth and Reconciliation group would like to invite you to be part of its final sessions in the Dialogue Circles 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 conversations will begin in March and meet once a month for a total of four gatherings.


  1. Sunday, March 3rd - Session 1 - Beginnings
  2. Sunday, April 21st - Session 4 - Languages Of The Land
  3. Sunday May 26th - Session 6 - Early Encounters
  4. Sept. date TBC - Session 11 – Indigenization


Each session is stand-alone so it is not necessary to register for all of them. 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. If you register your children, we strongly suggest that you also register for the adult sessions.


Registration 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 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