Right Relations

History/Overview of Right Relations at KUC

Kitchissippi United Church is committed to building caring and respectful relationships within our community, especially between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Founded in 2013, our Right Relations Circle has guided our congregation on our path toward reconciliation.

The Right Relations Circle was especially active in 2015, as this year marked the release of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) regarding the lasting effects of the IRS system. Many KUC members participated in the TRC’s closing event the Walk for Reconciliation as well as a session of KAIROS’s Blanket Exercise, where participants learned the history of Indigenous and European relations from an Aboriginal perspective. Many of our outreach and community involvement initiatives are also tied to Right Relations. In past years we’ve welcomed the Water Walkers, a group of Aboriginal men and women walking to raise awareness for the threat posed to clean water by pollution. Each fall, we gather school supplies to donate to Minwaashin Lodge, a local Aboriginal women’s support centre. KUC has also collaborated with the Odawa Native Friendship Centre to raise money for Centre 510 an Aboriginal drop-in centre to help this non-profit organization provide key services to the Aboriginal community in Ottawa.
Some of our other past steps to Right Relations include:

● Participating in Project of Heart in 2008, an award-winning program developed by Sylvia Smith,
a member of the KUC congregation. This educational workshop uses Aboriginal methods of
teaching to convey the history and legacy of the Indian Residential School (IRS) system. After
researching individual schools and meeting with Aboriginal elders and IRS survivors, KUC
participants decorated wooden tiles to commemorate the lives of the children lost to this
devastating policy.

● Recognizing National Aboriginal Day by celebrating Aboriginal culture at our church picnic
each June. Over the years, we’ve welcomed Indigenous Elders and educators to share their
culture and perspectives with us.

● Signing petitions and attending community events and vigils for missing and murdered
Indigenous women.

● Hosting presentations on Algonquin wisdom led by Tim Yearington, a Métis Knowledge
Keeper/Elder and Cultural Advisor

● Focussing on the theme of reconciliation and the TRC at many of our “Minister’s Meal and
Movie” sessions.

As we move forwards with Right Relations at KUC, we continue to dedicate ourselves toward
reconciliation and equality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous
people in Canada.