Siksika Sacred Heart Icon: ‘Commissioned by Romeo Crow Chief, Siksika Nation’ (Andre Prevost)

During October 2021, St. Basil’s hosted a four part series entitled: Listening and Learning: A Dialogue on Indigenous People and the Catholic Church in Canada

The series is the first step in the parish’s ongoing commitment to Call to Action #59 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission:

“We call upon church parties to the Settlement Agreement to develop ongoing education strategies to ensure that their respective congregations learn about their church’s role in colonization, the history and legacy of residential schools, and why apologies to former residential school students, their families, and communities were necessary.”


The series was conceptualized and realized by Marilena Berardinelli and Virginia-Ann Mervar.

Sessions 1 and 3 were facilitated by Benjamin Lujan, a doctoral candidate in theology at St. Michael’s College, whose teaching and research work focuses on Christian-Indigenous relations.

Session 2 was facilitated by Reid Locklin, Associate Professor of Christianity and the Intellectual Tradition at the University of Toronto and founder of the “Truth and Reconciliation Reading Circle” at St. Michael’s College. Reid is also collaborating with a team of student researchers on the resource site, “Teaching and Learning as Treaty Peoples.

If you were unable to participate in the series. we invite you to make-use of our series study guide and session videos.

We offer our gratitude to our small group discussion leaders and in particular to those who contributed to the series liturgy:

Sr. Patricia Lourdes Lao, RNDM

Sr. Sonal Castellino, XMCJ

Sr. Sarah Rudolf, IBVM

Fr. John Meehan, S.J.

Deacon John Brown

Indigenous Elder John Robinson