It is fall 2020. We are living with COVID-19. We’re are in an era of heightened sensitivity to the realities of systemic racism. We are living in Canada where, in 2015, 94 Calls to Action were issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to address the findings of injustice and disprivilege that have been experienced and continue to be experienced by Indigenous Peoples across Canada. And, we are the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC).
From a broader perspective, one of Canada’s greatest challenges is to develop new economies in geographically remote locations. These will need to be both sustainable by, and compatible with, Indigenous nations. We will also face the challenge of developing education programs and support services that can be delivered remotely.
The feature story for Canada Lutheran’s October/November 2020 issue combines the work of three writers (Rev. Janaki Bandara, Caitlin Kostna, Skip Triplett) as a way of learning new perspectives and coming together to work as one on the many challenges we face in our continued walk with reconciliation.