The Diocesan Reconciliation Ministries continues to reflect on and respond to the ministry of reconciliation in the diocese, in our communities and in our world. Reconciliation encompasses a broad number of challenging issues from economic justice to the care and healing of our environment. As Canadians, and as Anglicans, one of our most significant ministries is reconciliation with the indigenous peoples of Canada, responding to and healing the wounds of history.

The Diocesan Reconciliation Ministry Team is inviting you to participate in a Lenten program produced by the Primate's Committee on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice. This program is part of our church's response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Report.

A message from Bishop Oulton on the Stolen Lands Strong Hearts Lenten study

As you consider this program, view the following introductory video by our Bishop for you to watch and share with members of your parish.

The program centres on a powerful video entitled, Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts. “….the film is about a devastating decision, made over 500 years ago, which 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.

View the video: Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts

Full study guide and video and study segments

The program includes the full-length video and 12 individual segments from the video with material for reflection and discussion. It is intended for participants to see the whole movie through at the beginning of the program. The accompanying videos and material can be used over 6 weeks but is flexible to fit your particular needs and circumstances.

View 12 individual video segments and download study guides.


If your parish would prefer the videos and study guides provided on a USB stick, contact Diocesan Communications Officer Mark Hauser at

Reconciliation Ministries hope that you will find this a helpful addition to your Lenten Program for 2020 and invite you to share with us your experience and insights following the Lenten season.