The land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Wendat, Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississaugas of Scugog, Hiawatha, and Alderville First Nations and the Métis (may-tee) Nation. This territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. The treaties that were signed for this particular parcel of land are collectively referred to as the Williams Treaties, finally settled in 2018.
Our community at Grace is committed to walking in right relations with our Indigenous relatives. We strive to listen first, to learn, and to advocate for justice.
Sacred Teachings Podcast
From the Anglican Church of Canada, listen and subscribe to the Sacred Teachings podcast. The teachings, languages, traditions and stories of the Ancestors are shared in the podcast series. Highly respected Indigenous speakers are featured in this series, with a different theme for each season, including the sacredness of Creation and finding meaning in a global crisis.
Watch: Doctrine of Discovery; Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts
Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen lands, Strong Hearts is a film about a devastating decision, made over 500 years ago, that continues to profoundly impact Indigenous and Settler people worldwide. Pope Alexander VI ruled that the lands being discovered by European explorers at the time was “empty” land and its millions of Indigenous inhabitants were “non-human.”
Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission released 94 Calls to Action in 2015, with many of them referring to the Doctrine of Discovery and calling for its repudiation. This film is one of the responses of the Anglican Church’s Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice. The purpose of this film is to respond to the calls to action by helping to provide education and insight into the racist foundations of many of our property and other laws still in existence to this day.
Grace is a diverse community, and all are welcome. Our church is made up of folk from many different countries, cultures, backgrounds and identities. Our youth group provides a safe space for all young people.
PRIDE! We take a group to the Pride Parade each year and walk with the Proud Anglicans group – or if you need to ride in the parade, Proud Anglicans hires a double decker bus every year.
Looking to be married in church or by a priest? Talk to one of our clergy and we will be happy to help you celebrate your special day.