SASKATOON — In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools (GSCS), through the leadership of the Diocesan Council of Truth and Reconciliation, conducted a second annual Day of Prayer for Reconciliation and Healing Oct. 21.
Students and staff at all 44 division schools in Saskatoon, Humboldt and Biggar, as well as division office staff, joined diocesan pastors and staff in prayer for reconciliation and healing.
At the board office in downtown Saskatoon the reconciliation flag was raised to publicly represent the division’s commitment to reconciliation and healing.
“Our Board of Education, staff and students are deeply invested in answering the calls to action,” said Gordon Martell, superintendent of learning services at GSCS.
“The day of prayer is an opportunity to demonstrate our support for residential school survivors and their descendants, celebrate our strengths and seek guidance for the work yet to come. Responding to the calls to action happens every day. The day of prayer is a special celebration that punctuates our year and reminds us of the importance of balance and supporting the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional development of children and youth.”
The day of prayer is held on the Oct. 21 anniversary of the 2012 canonization of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first North American indigenous woman to be declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.
The Diocesan Council of Truth and Reconciliation is a sharing and consultative circle of indigenous and non-indigenous people providing guidance to the diocese. It arose from the promise made at the Saskatchewan Truth and Reconciliation Commission event held in Saskatoon during the summer of 2012.