St. Cuthbert's Anglican Church
Called to Life - Compelled to Love
A Church for Everyone
St. Cuthbert's is a family-oriented place of worship and community hub that has been faithfully serving the Oakville area since 1960. All are welcome, regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, marital status, physical or mental ability, political stance or theological perspective. St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church’s mission is to transform lives and build community by acting as a community hub. We strive to better the lives of people of all abilities, ages, ethnicities, faiths, and sexual orientations by providing hospitality, programs, services, supports, worship services, and other experiences that nourish people in body, mind, and spirit.
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Pastoral Message for Indigenous Children
My Beloved in Christ,
With you, my heart breaks when I think of the children who died as a result of the residential school system run by churches on behalf of our government and the people of our country. The devastation of the children’s parents, families, and communities is impossible to fathom. The Anglican Church of Canada as an institution, was part of that horrible legacy. For quite some time, our church has been working with indigenous peoples and others to expose and come to grips with truth and develop a means of reconciliation with our Indigenous sisters and brothers. You can learn about this process on the website of the Anglican Church of Canada. https://www.anglican.ca/resource-category/truth-reconciliation/
As part of this work, our leaders have offered apologies. Here are links to the apologies and a statement from Archbishop Linda Nicholls. I encourage you to read the apologies and learn more about how we can be part of the healing process.
With love and blessings,
Yours in Christ,
Apology to Native People
by the Primate, Archbishop Michael Peers to the National Native Convocation, Friday, August 6, 1993
An Apology for Spiritual Harm – Archbishop Fred Hiltz – video of apology July 12, 2019
An Apology for Spiritual Harm – Archbishop Fred Hiltz – written apology July 12, 2019
Every Child Matters
By Archbishop Linda Nicholls, June 2, 2021
Last week the Chief of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation revealed news of the discovery of the bodies of 215 children at the site of an unmarked burial ground at a former residential school near Kamloops, B.C. The identities of the children are unknown at this time. The grief of families and communities unleashed by this news is heart wrenching and profound.
There have long been stories told in Indigenous communities of children who disappeared or never returned home from residential schools and whose parents were never told what had happened or given the opportunity to receive their bodies for community ceremony. Whether the deaths were due to illnesses, abuse or neglect, the lack of dignity offered to these children by an anonymous burial far from their family or community is tragic and unacceptable.
We grieve with all whose children never came home.
The Anglican Church of Canada shares in the painful legacy of residential schools. We remain committed to the long, hard road of reconciliation including apologies made for our part in residential schools (1993) and for the devastating spiritual harm caused (2019) and ongoing work towards reconciliation and support for healing for personal and intergenerational trauma.
We know there are sites at Anglican residential schools where some graves are unmarked or where records are incomplete. We are committed to working with Indigenous communities to assist to recover whatever information is available and to join in advocating for ground searches of those burial sites.
At the heart of our faith is the life of Jesus who said, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’ And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. (Mark 10”14b-16) The neglect of the dignity of children, whom Jesus welcomed and protected, calls for repentance in action.
We, as Anglicans, commit to working with Indigenous communities, leaders and elders to heal this legacy and honour the lives of the children who never went home.
The Most Rev. Linda Nicholls
Archbishop and Primate
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We would like to acknowledge that for thousands of years this has been and still is the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations, Anishinaabe Nation, Huron-Wendat and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. St Cuthbert's sits on these lands and it is our collective responsibility to honour and respect those who have gone before us, those who are here, and those who have yet to come. We are grateful for the opportunity to be living, working, and serving on this land. We recognize that Oakville resides on the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, part of the Anishinaabe nation. Oakville is covered by two treaties – Treaty #14 The Head of the Lake Treaty of 1806 and Treaty #22 the 12 Mile Creek, 16 Mile Creek and the River Credit reserve treaty of 1820.
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