Nota Bene July 27, 2017

Jesuits, indigenous hope canoe trip will foster reconciliation

By B.C. Catholic Staff

Canoe pilgrims, Jesuit and indigenous, are seen in Ontario in mid-July. The group is paddling 540 miles, following a route used by 17th-century missionaries, in an effort to promote reconciliation. (Courtesy Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage / CNS)

TORONTO (CNS) -- The path to reconciliation between Canada and its First Nations' people will ultimately be a long journey, but the road to healing a schism developed over 400 years needs to start somewhere. The Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage is a small starting point that organizers hope can advance the process.

A project of the Jesuits in English Canada in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the pilgrimage set off from Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons in Midland, Ontario, July 21 on a monthlong, more than 500-mile canoe journey expected to end Aug. 15 at the Kahnawake First Nation near Montreal.

Jesuit priests in Canada stand for a photo. They have embarked on a 540-mile canoe journey that will take them from Midland, Ontario, to Montreal, in an effort to promote reconciliation with Canada's indigenous peoples. (Courtesy Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage / CNS)
(Courtesy Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage / CNS)