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OLGC letter re. Wet’suwet’en

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

As the country prepares to start up the economy after the long pause of confinement, this is an
opportunity for new beginnings, since it has been demonstrated that many can work together
for the common good. The Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle encourages you to reclaim the
cooperative moment of breakthrough in the recent negotiations with the Wet’suwet’en
Hereditary Chiefs. It was good that these parties came to some agreement over measures that
begin to implement the Supreme Court’s 1997 Delgamuukw-Gisday’wa decision. We join our
voice with those of other spiritual leaders who have been calling for peaceful and respectful
dialogue.

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Message of Support from Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle on Indigenous Languages

  (For further information inquiries can be directed to: Tracy Blain 1(613) 241-9461 x. 219 or [email protected])

 

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.

The video and the message are available on the Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle website at

https://ourladyofguadalupecircle.ca/

Download .pdf OLGC Indigenous Languages_ENGLISH