HEALING AND RECONCILIATION FOR COMMUNITIES AND FAMILIES

Advancing Reconciliation Workshop Series Leaves Lasting Impact on Participants

Advancing Reconciliation is the third in a series of three workshops hosted by Returning To Spirit, an Indigenous-led non-profit organization located in Treaty 1 territory in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Supported by funding from the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund (IRF), the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas had previously welcomed a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants to attend the first workshops in the series, providing a unique opportunity to experience reconciliation through restorative, face-to-face conversations with others and empowering participants to create reconciliation on a community scale.

Thanks to continued funding from the IRF, 18 Indigenous and 18 non-Indigenous attendees were able to participate in the powerful and spiritual last installment of the workshop series. 

The four-day workshop began with separate sessions for Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups, allowing each to revisit the lessons learned from previous workshops and reflect on their individual journeys. As the workshop progressed, participants were brought together to share their stories and perspectives. Facilitated discussions allowed for open dialogue about past and present challenges, paving the way for collaborative solutions and healing.

Throughout the workshop, Indigenous Elders shared the profound impact of the program on their lives, emphasizing how they have brought these lessons back to their communities to support others on their healing journeys.

The workshops left participants with a renewed sense of inner strength and peace. The “Advancing Reconciliation” series not only provided a platform for healing and dialogue but also laid the groundwork for ongoing reconciliation efforts within and beyond the participants’ communities.

R C Episcopal Corporation of Keewatin