Building Better Relations
Steps Toward Reconciliation
Scarboro United Church has committed to making meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a priority of our Social Justice focus. You may notice the use of territorial acknowledgements on our website, around our building, and in our services, but such words must be followed by action, and the intention to build relationships.
For many years, we have been honoured to host the Calgary Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, held on Valentine's Day.
We have adopted the Moosehide Campaign's call to raise awareness of and pledge to stand against violence against women and children, especially Indigenous women and children.
We have recently added a permanent installation to our Building Better Relations display featuring red dresses to bring attention to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in solidarity with The REDress Project.
Scarboro United has hosted the Kairos Blanket Exercise, an extremely powerful and emotional tool for coming to understand the history of colonisation in Canada, and the systemic biases that still exist as a result.
We have held several study groups on Indigenous content, including one on The Decolonization Issue of Geez Magazine.
Every autumn we recognise Orange Shirt Day, honouring the story of Phyllis Webstad and her experience of residential school.
We are a member organisation of the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good and support their focus on Truth & Reconciliation. Currently the Truth & Reconcilation Research Action Team is supporting a call for an Aboriginal Liason Officer in every district of the Calgary Police Services. Get in touch to find out how you can support this work.
Talking Stick Healing Ceremonies
In response to COVID-19 the Talking Stick Healing Ceremonies have been temporarily suspended. Check here for information about when they will resume. If you are on Facebook, private groups have been set up to keep in touch.
Contact Marilyn Shingoose for more information.
The Calgary Indigenous & Non-Indigenous Women's Talking Stick Healing Ceremony meets on the 4th Sunday of the month to offer a sacred and safe space for women to gather and share their life stories, offering healing, support, and community. Women are invited to wear long skirts, as is traditional for this type of ceremony.
In response to the success of the Women's Ceremony, and a desire for a complementary program, we have now launched a Men's Talking Stick Healing Ceremony that meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month.
To register for either of these ceremonies, please contact Marilyn Shingoose at 403-667-4863 or [email protected]
Both Ceremonies meet at 1:00pm in the Social Room. Ceremonies run from January to June & September to November.