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JUNE 21'ST THE INDIAN DAY OF PRAYER

In 1971 the Conference decided to recommend to Churches and Governments that they recognize June 21'st as a sacred day of prayer for First Nations Peoples on Turtle Island.  The Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada made such recognition immediately and began to urge all of their congregations to honour this.  Eventually the Government of Canada decided to make June 21`st a National Aboriginal Day recognizing the long history of First Nations use of the longest day of the year as a holy day.

In 2010 the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada identified the Aboriginal Day as a Memorial within the cycle of Feast days during the year assigning particular lessons to be read during the services to be held on that day.

Here are some of the reports and motions passed about this day over the years.

National Aboriginal Day of Prayer—June 21

A motion was passed by General Synod in Halifax in June to officially add to the church calendar the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer, to be observed on June 21. In 1971 the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada declared June 21 as a "National Indian Day of Prayer" On June 13, 1996, then-Governor General Romeo Leblanc declared June 21 National Aboriginal Day. The day will be listed as a major feast, and propers have been prepared for use on this day. June, 2010.

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United Church Social Policy Positions

Nishnawbe Institute (1971)

 WHEREAS the Indian Ecumenical Conference has called upon all religious bodies and governments in Canada and the United States of America to declare June 21st, 1971, a National Indian Day of Prayer; and

 WHEREAS June 21st has traditionally been a sacred day for Indians throughout North America:

 BE IT RESOLVED that this Twenty-fourth General Council of the United Church of Canada commend to our people the observance of June 21st as a "National Indian Day of Prayer," and request the Board of Home Missions to make this action known to the people of the church.

 General Council: 24th General Council, 1971

 Record of Proceedings Page Ref. 1971 ROP, p. 71, 113.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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