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An Invitation to Unite in Prayer Today on National Aboriginal Day

June 21, 2012

Since 1996, today has been observed as National Aboriginal Day throughout our country; and, since 1971, it has been observed as the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer in the Anglican Church of Canada. I invite us to unite today with our First Nations’ brothers and sisters in offering the following prayers to our God of grace:

Creator God, from you every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. You have rooted and grounded us in your covenant love, and empowered us by your Spirit to speak the truth in love, and to walk in your way towards justice and wholeness. Mercifully grant that your people, journeying together in partnership, may be strengthened and guided to help one another to grow into the full stature of Christ, who is our light and our life. Amen.
(Covenant Collect, Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples)

Creator, we give you thanks for all you are and all you bring to us for our visit within your creation. In Jesus, you place the Gospel in the center of thisSacred Circle through which all of creation is related. Give us your strength to live together with respect and commitment as we grow in your spirit, for you are God, now and forever. Amen.
(Episcopal Native Ministries’ Gospel Based Discipleship)

More information on National Aboriginal Day is available in a document entitled “0010. National Aboriginal Day of Prayer Insert (2009).” It can be accessed by going to Google Documents; clicking on; typing in as your email address stpaulscalgary; and then typing in as your password God’s Grace.

  1. DCG, I think that a proper parallel is not a lesson plan celebrating the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer, but a lesson plan introducing Aboriginal issues. And this, of course, is indeed in the curriculum. For a different perspective, I think it’s worth reflecting on what you would say to a curriculum that refused to “make a special day” to introduce Aboriginal issues into the classroom.

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