parkdale united church

429 Parkdale Avenue, OTTAWA, Ontario K1Y 1H3

Living into Right Relations


Did you know?  The year 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the United Church’s apology to Aboriginal peoples. Learn more and get inspired in hope for reconciliation by watching this 7 minute video: ( )

  • Right Relations News
  • The United Church and Reconciliation
  • Ottawa Right Relations Network
  • Local Indigenous Organisations
  • Canadian Organisations Working for Reconciliation

    Right Relations News


    ·        Join Parkdale’s Right Relations email list for local news and United Church news about right relations and indigenous events. Ask to join the list by sending an email to Elise at



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    The United Church and Reconciliation






    Parkdale United Church participated with thousands of Canadians in the Walk for Reconciliation on May 31st, 2015, to mark the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC’s) findings on the legacy of residential schools. The TRC's 94 Calls to Action were addressed to Canadian people, churches, businesses and governments.

    Read the TRC’s 94 Calls to Action (


    In March 2016, the United Church of Canada adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, together with other Christian denominations that had run the residential school system.


    Read more on the United Church of Canada’s reconciliation work…    ( )

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    Ottawa Right Relations Network


    Parkdale’s Living into Right Relations Group belongs to the Ottawa Right Relations Network, an ecumenical group of church and community members. The network meets every few months to exchange information on opportunities for learning, volunteering and solidarity with local Indigenous people.


    This network is particularly involved in supporting Centre 510 Indigenous Homeless Drop-In, at 510 Rideau St, which is run by the Odawa Native Friendship Centre. Several church and community groups, including Parkdale, support the meal program there, through financial donations and volunteer help in the kitchen and vegetable garden. Volunteers need to get a police records check and follow a short orientation, before signing up for two-hour shifts. For information on volunteering at Centre 510, contact Elise at


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    Local Indigenous Organisations


    Contact these organisations to find out how you might meet local Indigenous people, learn about their cultures and offer support.





    Odawa Native Friendship Centre


    Provides services to Ottawa’s Aboriginal community – individuals, families, children, youth, seniors, and homeless.  [More..] (


    Minwaashin Lodge Aboriginal Women’s Support Centre


    Provides services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and children who are survivors of domestic and other forms of violence and may also be suffering the effects of residential schools. [More..] (





    Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health


    Offers programs and services designed to meet the needs of Ottawa’s Aboriginal community.  [More..] (





    Tungasuvvingat Inuit Community Centre


    Inuit-specific service provider offering social support and programs, cultural activities and counselling [More..] (   

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    Canadian Organisations Working for Reconciliation


    ·        Kairos

    ·        Reconciliation Canada

    ·        National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation



    Kairos – Winds of Change Campaign



    Kairos, the Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiative, brings together 11 churches and religious organisations. Its “Winds of Change” campaign inspires us to work on implementing the TRC’s calls to action, starting with # 64: reconciliation through education. In the words of Justice Murray Sinclair: “Education is what got us here and education is what will get us out.”  [More..]  (

    Reconciliation Canada

    Reconciliation Canada is a non-profit organisation that works to build new relationships between Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians, based on openness, dignity, understanding and hope. Viola Thomas of Reconciliation Canada spoke at a workshop at Parkdale on April 19th, 2015. Her challenge to each of us: “start by doing one thing to foster reconciliation in your families, workplace or congregation”. [More..]

    National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation


    When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission ended in 2015, its work was transferred to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. [More..]


    Truth and Reconciliation Findings

    These short videos provide insight into the TRC findings and what they mean.


    The findings [View video.]


    What happened? Commissioner Marie Wilson tells what happened in the Indian Residential School system and asks about what comes next. [View video.]


    What has been the purpose and role of the TRC? Learn what makes Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation unique among those in countries around the world. [View video.]


    How should people feel? Many feelings arise as people learn about this history that they were not taught in school. Commissioner Wilson encourages all Canadians to allow their feelings to lead to transformative healing and action. [View video.]



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