CRC Statements

semihundidoNew Covenant Declaration  (1987, 2007)

A pastoral statement by ecumenical leaders inviting church members to support Aboriginal
rights in Canada and to work toward implementation of these rights, including the right to be distinct peoples, to have an adequate land base, self-determination and self-government.

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UNDRIP statement-Facebook post1Church Statement Affirming the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples  (Ontario, 2016)

The Christian Reformed churches in Canada affirm the United States Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration) as a framework for reconciliation. The Declaration is unique because Indigenous people are its authors and, in their articulation of these rights, demonstrate a respect for human dignity and diversity that is a powerful vision of reconciled relationships.


trcphotoAction for Reconciliation (Ottawa, June 2015)

In this statement at the Ottawa Truth and Reconciliation Commission event, the CRC promised to continue learning about the common history it shares with Indigenous people through the Blanket Exercise, wrestling with the church’s own history of interaction with Indigenous peoples through the Doctrine of Discovery Task Force, and advocating for Indigenous education reform in Canada.

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Expression of ReconciliationBecause he lives (Vancouver 2013)

This statement was presented along with a painting from the Creator’s Sacrifice/reForming Relationships art tour at the Vancouver Truth and Reconciliation Commission event. It states that removing young people from their homes and trying to instill values of the majority culture into them at residential schools led to broken trust, the sin of tearing young people away from their families and forcing them to live contrary to their traditions and spirituality and laments the Church’s role in residential schools.

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Dennis JarvisLetter to Churches, January 2012

Pastoral letter to CRC and RCA churches in Canada calling for prayer for the January 24, 2012 Crown-First Nations Gathering.

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TRC mainExpression of Reconciliation (June 2012)

The CRC offered a formal Expression of Reconciliation at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) Saskatchewan National Event in Saskatoon on
June 22. A booklet of the art series “Kisemanito Pakinitasuwin – The Creator’s Sacrifice” was placed in the TRC’s Bentwood Box as a public expression of the CRC’s commitment to the journey of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada.

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Liz WestLetter to Churches (January 2013)

Pastoral letter to CRC and RCA churches in Canada addressing Idle No More, calling for
“thoughtful discernment, prayers of hope and gratitude and active pursuit of restored relationships.” Also marking the anniversary of the 2012 Crown – First Nations Gathering.

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