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Indigenous Peoples’ statement commended by WCC Central Committee

Indigenous Peoples’ statement commended by WCC Central Committee

Sara Ellen Anne Eira, moderator of the Sami Church Council. Photo: Susanne Erlecke/WCC

25 June 2016


“Truth, healing and transformation” are key themes of a statement from an Indigenous Peoples’ Conference that has been received and commended by the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

The conference on reconciliation processes and Indigenous Peoples was held 20-21 June, ahead of the Central Committee meeting from 22 through 28 June in Trondheim, Norway. The conference drafted a public statement that was submitted to the Central Committee.

In a resolution responding to conference participants, the Central Committee acted on 25 June to receive and commend their statement; to encourage member churches and partners to address realities of injustice in their own contexts through processes of reconciliation; to urge solidarity with Indigenous Peoples in combatting racism; and to call the ecumenical community to protect God’s creation by acting to counter climate injustice.

Bishop Mark McDonald of the Anglican Church in Canada, the North American president of the WCC, reflected on the meaning of adoption of the resolution.

“This action is an indication of the growing presence of Indigenous Peoples within the ecumenical movement,” he said. “Given the political, economic and climate situation of Indigenous Peoples today, this relationship is very significant.”

More information:

Resolution on the outcome of the Indigenous Peoples' conference

Solidarity overcomes sorrow

WCC Central Committee meeting