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A Message from the Anglican, Catholic, and Lutheran Bishops of Saskatchewan: reflecting on steps forward after recent events

February 15, 2018

A Message from the Anglican, Catholic, and Lutheran Bishops of Saskatchewan

The events surrounding the tragic shooting death of Colten Boushie in August 2016, and the subsequent trial of Gerald Stanley and recent jury decision, have re-surfaced profound pain to families and communities. They have also raised enormously important questions and challenges for our province and our country.

As bishops who serve Christian communities in our province, we join all those who are longing to escape the slavery of prejudice, racism, anger, frustration, violence and bitterness. We wish to join all those who are re-dedicating themselves to work for reconciliation and peace among all people in our communities and in our nation.

We continue to offer our prayers for all of you, and remain committed to the spirit and principles of truth and reconciliation as we learn to walk together as Indigenous and non- Indigenous people.

The path of peace is more than simply avoiding conflict – it is a call to active engagement and to concrete action that builds right relationships. Our biblical tradition highlights that violence breeds violence; that the path forward encompasses acting honorably and seeking mutual respect as we address difficult issues together. We acknowledge the message many of us are already hearing from Indigenous people across this province and beyond: “Be the change you want to see.”

Building right relationships has been the goal of the Truth and Reconciliation process that Canada has embarked on in recent years, and all are now being challenged and called to pursue that goal with renewed passion and commitment.

As Saskatoon Tribal Chief Mark Arcand and Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark said in a recent statement: “we must continue to work with each other in a good way, in a respectful way.”

As representatives of our churches, we call our own communities, and the wider community, to take concrete steps, in words and actions, in a spirit of humility and good will, rooted in profound prayer. We renew our commitment to pursue meaningful, respectful dialogue and the building of positive relationships between all peoples. We reject the evils of racism and division, and strive to work for peace and reconciliation for a renewed future.


Bishop Bryan Bayda

Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon


Archbishop Donald Bolen

Catholic Archdiocese of Regina


Archbishop Murray Chatlain

Catholic Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas


Bishop Mark Hagemoen

Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon


Bishop Adam Halkett

Anglican Indigenous Bishop of Missinippi


Bishop Robert Hardwick

Anglican Diocese of Qu’Appelle


Bishop Sid Haugan

Saskatchewan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada


Bishop Michael Hawkins

Anglican Diocese of Saskatchewan


Bishop David Irving

Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon


Bishop Albert Thévenot

Roman Catholic Diocese of Prince Albert

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