WATERLOO, ON, May 26, 2014 /CNW/ - The Presbyterian Church in Canada is
pleased to announce that Phil Fontaine, Order of Canada recipient and
former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, will attend the
Presbyterian Church in Canada General Assembly on Saturday, May 31 in order to recognize the 20th anniversary of the church's confession to
Aboriginal peoples for its involvement in the Indian Residential School
system. Mr. Fontaine will give a keynote address to the assembly of
church commissioners from across Canada at Wilfrid Laurier University
in Waterloo, Ontario, beginning at 11 a.m.
Mr. Fontaine originally received the confession from the Presbyterian
Church in Canada on October 8, 1994, from the Moderator of the 120th
General Assembly, the Rev. Dr. George Vais, in Winnipeg, MB. At the
time, Mr. Fontaine was grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.
The confession acknowledges the harm done to Aboriginal peoples through
attempts to assimilate Aboriginal children into the dominant culture of
the time and asks forgiveness for the legacy of pain that has been left
Phil Fontaine was born at the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba and
attended a residential school. He was one of the longest-serving
National Chiefs of the Assembly of First Nations, serving three terms.
He successfully negotiated the Indian Residential Schools Settlement
Agreement and helped establish the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Phil Fontaine is a Member of the Order of Manitoba and has received a
National Aboriginal Achievement Award. He was appointed an Officer of
the Order of Canada in December 2012.
General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada
The 140th General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada will
take place at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, from
Friday, May 30 until Monday, June 2. The General Assembly is the
highest court of the church. Commissioners from across to the country
meet to make decisions related to the doctrine, ministries and
governance of the denomination.
The Presbyterian Church in Canada is committed to contributing to a new,
equitable relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in
Canada. The full confession is available online: http://presbyterian.ca/?wpdmdl=92&.
SOURCE: The Presbyterian Church in Canada
For further information:
Barb Summers, Communications
The Presbyterian Church in Canada
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