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.
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