October 4 marked another day of public vigils in support of the families and communities of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. These vigils have taken place for over ten years now, and are a time of grief, anger—and hope.
Both the United Church and its ecumenical partner, KAIROS, have been involved from the local to the national in advocating for an end to the enormously disproportionate violence directed at Indigenous people across Canada. Now that a national inquiry has been called, advocacy, education, and accompaniment will be needed. Look for United Church resources here, and for a brand new KAIROS resource here.
Please prayerfully consider what your ministry can do to be involved. Maybe you can join with others to request of your MP that the inquiry visit your community, or an Indigenous community near you. Support educational events that will likely precede the inquiry. Invite speakers to your congregation or presbytery. Use your Minute for Mission time to highlight some of the many Indigenous partners supported by our Mission and Service givings.