Today, Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle released a statement entitled “Message of support from Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle on the occasion of the United Nations 2019 Year of Indigenous Languages”. A Canadian Catholic coalition of Indigenous people, Bishops, clergy, members of lay movements and of men and women belonging to institutes of consecrated life, Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle seeks to renew and foster relations between the Catholic Church and Indigenous Peoples in Canada. This open Letter to all Canadians affirms the major significance of language in the revitalization of Indigenous cultures and expresses a commitment to finding ways to support this essential aspect of reconciliation. Following the conclusion of the Circle’s meeting in Edmonton, Alberta, the statement and a promotional video were previewed by the community at Sacred Heart parish of the First Peoples. To view the video and download the message of support, visit Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle’s website at https://ourladyofguadalupecircle.ca.
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Picture: Christi Belcourt Métis, born in 1966
The Wisdom of the Universe, 2014 acrylic on canvas
Unframed: 171 × 282 cm (67 5/16 × 111 in.)
Art Gallery of Ontario
Purchased with funds donated by Greg Latremoille, 2014
© Christi Belcourt