MCC Saskatchewan Response to Unmarked Graves Identified at Site of Marieval IRS.
MCC Saskatchewan grieves, again, at the day’s news from Cowessess First Nation, with the identification of approximately 750 unmarked graves. We grieve with the families and communities affected by the losses. We grieve for the larger legacy of Indian Residential Schools, and we acknowledge our complicity in the work of IRSs. We grieve for the on-going harms and injustices against Indigenous people in this province and nation. We offer our prayers, and we reaffirm our commitment to work towards being respectful Treaty partners, allies, and neighbours in this difficult moment, and in the future as similar tragic stories unfold across this province and beyond.
MCC Saskatchewan Call to the Churches in Light of the Marieval IRS Gravesite Identifications
We are grieved by the day’s news from Cowessess First Nation, with the identification of approximately 750 unmarked graves. But this news also calls us to action.
- If we in our churches do not know and acknowledge the devastating truth of Indian Residential Schools yet, we must do so now.
- If we in our churches do not know and acknowledge the truth of systemic discrimination in Canada’s legal system past and present, we must do so now.
- If we in our churches do not know about and acknowledge the overwhelming challenges, past and present, facing Indigenous families, women, and children, we must do so now.
- If we in our churches do not know about and acknowledge the reality of this nation’s colonial past, including the Doctrine of Discovery and the colonial settlement of the prairies, we must do so now.
We ought to grieve. But we also ought to act. We need to understand how we are part of the system that laid the groundwork for what we are now grieving. And from that understanding, we are called to realign our relationships with First Nations, to reflect the spirit and intent of Treaty, the justice of Creator God, and the mercy of Jesus.