September 28, 2021

To all Catholics of Saskatchewan and the Indigenous Peoples of this land

Warm greetings. As the Catholic Bishops of Saskatchewan, we begin by joining with Bishops from across the country in the September 24, 2021 statement which offered an unequivocal apology to the Indigenous Peoples of this land.

Two months ago, as we began a new Truth and Reconciliation Healing Response Appeal, we indicated that we would provide more information in September. As an expression of our commitment to fostering healing relationships with Indigenous peoples, the Appeal offers a way to respond to current needs, provide ongoing support for residential school survivors and their communities, and engage more deeply in our own ongoing commitment and response to the truth and reconciliation process.

Our financial commitments, which will form a part of the $30 million financial commitment of the Catholic Bishops of Canada, will focus on three areas: healing and reconciliation, cemeteries on the sites of former residential schools, and education and cultural support. Together, we hold at the heart of all of our steps the TRC Call to Action #61, which has been an ongoing guiding principle for all of us on this path, as it calls upon churches to establish funding for projects related to healing, culture and language revitalization, education and relationship-building. Our Catholic TRC Healing Response is a continuation of efforts and initiatives over the past few decades in journeying with Indigenous communities, listening to the voices of survivors, and those who have been impacted by the legacy of residential schools and the effects of colonization. We recognize that consultation and collaboration with Indigenous Peoples are vital, and we are committed to continuing these essential dialogues.

Catholics in Saskatchewan can anticipate statements in the near future from each diocese and eparchy on how this appeal will be approached in their particular region, given their particular circumstances and abilities. See our eparchial/diocesan statements on the following websites: www.skeparchy.orgwww.padiocese.cawww.rcdos.cawww.archregina.sk.ca www.archdioceseofkeewatinlepas.ca.

May we continue to learn to walk together and to dwell peacefully on this land that the Creator has given us, in the words of treaties signed long ago, for “as long as the sun shines, the grass grows, and waters flow.”

Sincerely yours in a spirit of humility and respect,

+Most Rev. Donald Bolen, Archdiocese of Regina
+Most Rev. Bryan Bayda, CSsR, Eparchy of Saskatoon
+Most Rev. Murray Chatlain, Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas
+Most Rev. Mark Hagemoen, Diocese of Saskatoon
+Most Rev. Stephen Hero, Diocese of Prince Albert

On July 13, 2021 the five Catholic Bishops of Saskatchewan released more details about a planned fundraising appeal entitled “Catholic TRC Healing Response”. The Sasktchewan bishops stated that the appeal’s goal is “to support Residential School survivors and their communities and to engage more deeply in our own ongoing commitment and response to the Truth and Reconciliation process” with funds going to the priorities of healing and reconciliation; cemeteries on the sites of former residential schools; and education and cultural support.

To donate immediately or make a long-term pledge, see the online giving options at: dscf.ca/catholic-trc-healing-response

Launching Appeal for Survivors and their Communities

 

Link to video with transcript – Archdiocese of Regina website»» 

July 13, 2021

“Catholic TRC Healing Response Appeal”

Dear Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful of the Catholic Dioceses and Eparchy in Saskatchewan, Citizens of the Province of Saskatchewan:

Following our notification of July 3, 2021, we write to announce a new province- wide Appeal for Support of Healing and Reconciliation – sponsored by our dioceses and eparchy here in Saskatchewan. The overall goal of this campaign is to support Residential School survivors and their communities, and to engage more deeply in our own ongoing commitment and response to the Truth and Reconciliation process.

The practical work of administrating the fund will be facilitated by the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation and oversight will be provided by members of each diocese. Donors will have the opportunity to donate a one-time amount or make a pledge for ongoing support over a five-year period. You can visit the following website for information and ongoing updates on the appeal and the funds collected: https ://ds cf. ca/catholic-trc-healing-res po ns e/

The funding priorities are as follows:

  1. Healing and Reconciliation
  2. Cemeteries on the sites of former residential schools
  3. Education and Cultural Support

Funds would be allocated to national and local initiatives responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action involving a financial commitment, as guided by Indigenous communities here in Saskatchewan (cf. Calls to Action #61, #73- 76; #82).

To maximize the effectiveness of such an effort, we are collaborating with various potential participants, and consulting with Indigenous dialogue partners, including Survivors, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Chiefs, and other community members. Out of these conversations, each diocese and eparchy will discern and communicate separately how they will proceed with the Appeal in their respective dioceses and communities.

We look forward to announcing our province-wide goal and timeline by September 2021.

As we noted in our July 3rd letter, we are deeply grateful for the signs and indications of encouragement and commitment that we have been hearing from the people of Saskatchewan and beyond. It is for all of us to rise to the occasion to be instruments of healing and reconciliation, moving forward in humility, truth, and justice.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

+Most Rev. Donald Bolen, Archdiocese of Regina
+Most Rev. Bryan Bayda, CSsR, Eparchy of Saskatoon
+Most Rev. Murray Chatlain, Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas
+Most Rev. Mark Hagemoen, Diocese of Saskatoon
+Most Rev. Stephen Hero, Diocese of Prince Albert

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