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McDougall United Church Seeking Reconciliation

A recipient of a Fall 2020 Seeds of Hope Grant is committed to seeking reconciliation with their Indigenous neighbours and communities. McDougall United Church in Calgary, AB received the grant from the United Church of Canada Foundation to assist their journey of learning, un-learning, healing, community, faith, and action.

In 2021, McDougall United Church created and hosted a series of events meant to explore reconciliation with Indigenous communities. One of these events, held in October 2021, was a Women’s Wellness Day event to honour the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Indigenous women who are affected by the loss of a loved one were encouraged to attend a day-long healing workshop hosted by Indigenous healer Nellie Rider. The day focused on spiritual care and reflecting through arts, crafts, traditional teachings, and ceremony.

Sadly, Nellie Rider has since passed away. Marilyn Agnew, McDougall’s Lead of Right Relations, and Shauna Kennedy, McDougall’s Witness to Reconciliation, said of Nellie: “How blessed we were to have had her beautiful healing presence that day.”

In part due to Nellie Rider’s actions, McDougall United Church has been inspired to continue down the path towards reconciliation and transformation.

Events like McDougall United Church’s Women’s Wellness Day event is only possible thanks to the Seeds of Hope granting program, which in turn are only possible thanks to the incredible generosity of donors to the United Church of Canada Foundation. If you believe that more congregations across Canada should hold events like this, please make a gift to the Foundation today. Thank you!

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