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Ms. Lori Ransom

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Senior Advisor , Church Relations

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
Phone: (416) ***-****  
Local Address:  Toronto , Ontario , Canada
Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Ottawa 100 Sparks Street 100 Sparks Street
Ottawa , Ontario K1P 5B7

Company Description: The TRC was created as a result of the court-approved Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement negotiated by legal counsel for former students, legal counsel...   more

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  • Texas A&M University
  • bachelor of science degree , accounting
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(L to R): Lori Ransom, the Rev. Andrew Wesley, and Dawn Maracle speak at the North American Interfaith Network conference held Aug. 11 to 14 in Toronto.
The Rev. Andrew Wesley, Lori Ransom and Dawn Maracle on Aug. 14 spoke about "Indigenous Experience and Diversity" at the North American Interfaith Network conference held at the University of Toronto's Multi-Faith Centre.
Lori Ransom, for her part, provided conference participants with an overview of the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), where she is senior advisor responsible for churches and other faith communities.
The TRC's mandate is broader than the residential schools; part of its role is to help Canada discern a path to reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous people, she said. "This is about the future of the nation, of all the rich cultures and backgrounds that now call Canada home," said Ransom, noting that discussions around reconciliation have to include "settler societies arriving today," or new immigrants.
"It's surprising how many Canadians do not know about aboriginal people. There's a million of us to learn from [across Canada] and in Toronto, over 70,000 by most reckoning," said Ransom.
Recent immigrants who may have no knowledge of Canadian history and no connection with aboriginal people often have perceptions that are based on what they see in Hollywood movies, she noted. "I say to them [immigrants] that when you take your Canadian citizenship card, you're signing the treaties with us. It kind of blows their mind…that the treaties are part and parcel of our legal relationship in Canada… we hold them as sacred because they are an expression of our relationships."
Recognizing the diversity that exists among aboriginal people, Ransom said the TRC works hard to ensure that traditions are respected in every territory that events are held.
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The idea for a video came after Lori Ransom, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's (TRC) senior advisor for churches and faith communities, contacted the WSO to see if it would be interested in learning more about the residential schools legacy and the TRC's work.
Ransom has commended the WSO and other faith groups with no direct involvement in the residential schools for "taking ownership" of its legacy and participating in the "journey of reconciliation. [The Anglican Church of Canada, the Roman Catholic Church in Canada, the United Church of Canada and the Presbyterian Church in Canada all operated residential schools at various times.]
The Christian Reform Church in North America (CRCNA) and the Mennonite Church of Canada have been active in TRC events and have produced their own materials about the schools legacy, Ransom told a recent gathering of the North American Interfaith Network held in Toronto.
The book is a dialogue between indigenous and Christian authors from various faith backgrounds and they explore issues such as sacred relationship with the land, said Ransom.
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs has partnered with the TRC in sponsoring a recent forum that looked at the parallels between the experiences of Holocaust survivors and the survivors of the Indian residential schools.
"We've found sources of strength and we're finding out more by working with communities who've had wrenching experiences of persecution, injustice, and unspeakable horrors as a people," said Ransom.
Lori Ransom, 15 April 2014 [cached]
Lori Ransom
Lori Ransom was appointed Healing and Reconciliation Program Animator, effective September 5, 2006. She works with congregations, local church groups, Aboriginal organizations, national staff, the courts of the church and ecumenical partners to further the aims and objectives of the Healing and Reconciliation initiative.
Lori has been employed for over 20 years with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, where she most recently served as Director, Executive Services and Communications for the Ontario Region. Her several positions within the department have given her a breadth and depth of understanding of Aboriginal issues and concerns in Canada.
She is an active member of St. Andrew's, King Street, Toronto. Among other roles, Lori has convened the board of managers; and she currently serves as the clerk of session. Her involvement at the presbytery level includes three years as representative elder and as a commissioner to General Assembly. Lori also serves on the boards of Evangel Hall and Boarding Homes Ministries.
Lori is a member of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation (Golden Lake, near Pembroke ON).
LORI ..., 1 May 2013 [cached]
Lori Ransom
Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Lori Ransom is the Senior Advisor to the Churches for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. A member of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation and an active member of St Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Toronto, Lori has long been a bridge builder between Indigenous communities and newcomers.
Within the courageous and often difficult listening work of the TRC, her current work focuses on the relationships between churches and faith communities and the survivors of the Indian Residential School system and their communities.
Some of you may have met Lori at church and community events, or at the TRC national events. At national events she coordinates (among many other things) the groups who wish to offer a public Expression of Reconciliation, creating the space for important and diverse grassroots commitments to reconciliation work.
This Week at St. Andrew's, 17 June 2009 [cached]
This coming Sunday, we are very pleased to welcome Lori Ransom as our preacher. Lori is the Healing and Reconciliation Animator with the Justice Ministries department of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, and has been doing a tremendous amount of work, over the past few years, seeking to raise awareness and build important bridges of understanding and reconciliation between the First Nations communities and the Church in Canada. This work has involved a tremendous amount of national and international work, and it is an honour to have her share her reflections and insights with us during our worship service. Lori is also an active elder and the Clerk of Session at St. Andrew's Church.
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