Catholic Responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action 48 and Questions regarding the "Doctrine of Discovery"

March 29, 2016: Message from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

"In response to Call to Action number 48 by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and in response to questions raised on the legal concepts known as "Doctrine of Discovery" and terra nullius, four Canadian Catholic organizations representing Bishops, Institutes of consecrated life, Societies of apostolic life, Indigenous People, and laity have issued two documents. Both are dated March 19, 2016, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is the principal patron saint of Canada."

"The four organizations are the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Canadian Religious Conference (CRC), the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council, and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace."

Link to the two documents and an interview with Bishop Donald Bolen on the two texts:

“A Catholic Response to TRC Call to Action 48 (On Adopting and Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples);

“The ‘Doctrine of Discovery’ and Terra Nullius: A Catholic Response”;

The text of an interview with Bishop Donald Bolen, Chairman of the CCCB Commission for Justice and Peace;

Link to The Catholic Church and the TRC.
(op-ed article by the Most Rev. Donald Bolen, Bishop of Saskatoon)

For further information, go to the CCCB website at: