The building owned by (and sometimes referred to as) Southwest Community Church is located on the unceded traditional territory of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc, part of the Secwepemc nation. The people of SWCC for the most part also live, work and play on these lands.
As we seek to participate in what Jesus promises is the reconciliation of all things, we pay special attention to the invitation to reconciliation that has been issued by Indigenous people in Canada. Reconciliation has been initiated by Indigenous people, so anything we do as settlers or newcomers is done in response to their invitation.
Over the last number of months, we’ve talked about a number of resources and Pastor Andrea has shared a number of links on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/swcckamloops
Here are a few helpful resources:
Wonder what land you’re on? Or what land you grew up on? Check out Native Land to see what traditional territories you have lived on or travelled to, as well as resources about languages. For more language resources, see First Voices.
A commonplace awareness of Indian Residential Schools is still a work in progress in Canada. Did you live near a residential school? is a great resource so that you can see where the nearest residential school was to the places you grew up. You type in an address and it will tell you the nearest residential school and when it was in active. For many of us, we realize that this practice was happening nearby even though we may have known very little or nothing about it.
During Lent in 2021, 27 of us embarked on a course put together by the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada called Walking in a good way with our Indigenous Neighbours. The material is available to anyone who would like to sign up (for free) to access it.
Here are some basic documents that will be referred to often in conversations about Reconciliation:
- 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Canada's Indian Act
Following the discovery of the 215 children in an unmarked grave at Tk’emlups te Secwepemc (Ttes), SWCC made a donation to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society as an act of solidarity with the Ttes.