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About Aboriginal Neighbours

Starting in the 1980s, in their attempts at reconciliation, Canadian churches began to offer apologies for their part in the historical attempts to eradicate the spirituality, languages and cultures of Indigenous peoples, and to look for ways to live out those apologies.

In 1996, Aboriginal Neighbours was founded in response to a motion passed by the Anglican Synod of the Diocese of British Columbia, welcoming Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal members. Over the years, the group grew to include members from other religious denominations and the community. Together they worked tirelessly to build relationships of respect and trust between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.

In early 2022, having faithfully served the church for over twenty-five years, and helping to raise the institution's collective consciousness around its culpability and responsibility, Aboriginal Neighbours is coming to the end of its life cycle, releasing the work back into the local church contexts from which it grew. It is now in all our hands to continue the journey of truth-telling, healing and the commitment to building right relationships with Indigenous peoples, according to the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Lending Library

Over the years, the Aboriginal Neighbours network established a comprehensive lending library catalogue. The library resides at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria BC and is open to the public. Click here to download a PDF copy of the searchable catalogue, and contact Christ Church Cathedral for lending library hours of operation.

As news is shared and events are planned in the spirit of Aboriginal Neighbours they will be posted here on the diocesan website. Check back regularly.