Annual Report on CUC’s Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Initiative 2018-2019
By: Rev Meg Roberts
The CUC’s Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Initiative (THR Initiative) is now in its fifth year. We offer Canadian Unitarians and Universalists age-appropriate materials and means to learn the history and present realities of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada so that we may develop relationships based on dignity, respect and justice.
Arising from our commitment to reconciliation, our first major effort from 2014-2018 was developing the Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Reflection Guides (THRRG) for various age groups. Due to the UU grassroots support for this work, the decision was made to shift from being a temporary task force to becoming an ongoing THR Resource Team. We added three new members last fall: Rev. Helen McFadyen, Melissa Horvath-Lucid, and Forrest Smith. We benefit greatly from working with the new CUC Social Justice Lead, Erin Horvath (who brings a lot of personal and professional experience to the work we do). We are fortunate Leslie Kemp continues on the team as well as Amber Bellemare as our THR Administrator. I continued on as chair this program year (to provide continuity while the new THR Resource Team develops connections, vision and plans). We thank our colleague, Samaya Oakley, for her incredible dedication, leadership and vision as co-chair over the past four years – without these, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Samaya finished her time as co-chair end of last summer. We also owe our heartfelt gratitude to past task force members: Marlene Blake Seale, Casey Stainsby, and April Hope (who is presently on staff leave).
For a listing of accomplishments of the initiative and for plans for the coming year see https://cuc.ca/enews-may-14/#thr