Magazine article Anglican Journal

Walk with Indigenous People, 'Speak Truth to Power,' Hiltz Asks Anglicans

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Walk with Indigenous People, 'Speak Truth to Power,' Hiltz Asks Anglicans

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The church's "absolute and unwavering commitment" to addressing the injustices that Canada's Indigenous people continue to experience is one of the key elements in achieving meaningful reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada has said.

"I pray that as a church, we will rise up to this challenge, join hands with Indigenous peoples, walk with you, and with you speak truth to power," said Archbishop Fred Hiltz in a sermon delivered during the opening eucharist of the eighth National Anglican Indigenous Sacred Circle on August 17. About 160 Indigenous Anglicans across Canada gathered for the triennial meeting.

As he reflected on the day's readings--"a judgment against Israel, a psalm of penitence and a gospel of invitation to a new way of living"--Hiltz spoke passionately about how both Canada and the church have failed God and Indigenous people. "...Like the people of Israel, we have followed other gods: the gods of imperialism, the notion of the superiority of some races over others, the institutionalizing of racism, the enacting of policies of assimilation grounded in nothing less than a resolve in cultural genocide," said Hiltz. …

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