The Church and Aboriginal People: the Reconciliation Continues

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(CCCB – Ottawa)… Saskatoon will host a meeting of the Catholic Aboriginal Council for Reconciliation (CACR), 10-12 June 2005 at the Queen’s Retreat House.

Most Reverend Albert LeGatt, Bishop of Saskatoon and a member of the Council, will welcome the nine other members of the Council: Most Reverend Bertrand Blanchet, Archbishop of Rimouski, and eight Aboriginal Catholics from all parts of Canada. Established in 1998 by the Bishops, the Council encourages Aboriginal leadership in the Christian community, encourages the healing and reconciliation, and advises the Bishops of Canada on Aboriginal questions.

During the weekend, the Council will approve grants to be awarded to projects on reconciliation. CCAR administers the Fund for Reconciliation, Solidarity and Communion, financed by voluntary contributions from Canadian dioceses and Catholic organizations. The funds are distributed to community projects, the revitalization and the development of Aboriginal languages, as well as favouring a better understanding between Aboriginals People and others in the Church and society. Last year, grants totaling over $117,000 were awarded to a dozen projects.

In addition to reviewing the activities of the Council during last year, the participants will also discuss ecclesiastical ministry within the Aboriginal communities and hear an update on residential school questions.

Council Members:

  • Most Rev. Bertrand Blanchet
    Archbishop of Rimouski
  • Rev. Mr. Ronald Boyer
    KAHNAWAKE, Quebec
  • Ms. Rosella Kinoshameg
    WIKWEMIKONG, Ontario
  • Mr. Harry Lafond
    MARCELIN, Saskatchewan
  • Most Rev. Albert LeGatt
    Bishop of Saskatoon
  • Ms. Shirley Leon
    Coqualeetza Cultural Education Centre
    CHILLIWACK, British Columbia
  • Mrs. Melody McLeod
    YELLOWKNIFE, Northwest Territories
  • Sister Dorothy Moore, CSM
    SYDNEY MINES, Nova Scotia
  • Mr. Graydon Nicholas
    FREDERICTON, New Brunswick
  • Ms. Nicole O’Bomsawin
    108 Waba Naki
    ODANAK, Quebec


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