On Monday October 28, 2019, Our lady of Guadalupe Circle released a statement entitled “Message of support from Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle on the occasion of the UN 2019 Year of Indigenous Language”.
The Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle is a Canadian Catholic coalition of Indigenous people, bishops, clergy, members of lay movements and male and female institutes of consecrated life that seeks to renew and foster relations between the Catholic Church and Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
This open Letter to all Canadians affirms the major significance of language in the revitalization of Indigenous cultures and expresses a commitment to finding ways to support this vital aspect of reconciliation. The restoration of Indigenous languages has been identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada as a key element in reconciliation.
On Sunday October 27th the statement was previewed with the community at Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples in Edmonton, Alberta. At that time a video prepared to highlight the message was also viewed.