“Perhaps it’s time to place the rights of Mother Earth ahead of the rights to Mother Earth.”Christi Belcourt

St. Andrew’s in Picton has been given permission by award-winning Metis artist, Christi Belcourt to install a mural of her AGO commissioned piece, Wisdom of the Universe, on its outside back wall.

This project engages us in two of Canada’s most vital conversations: our relationship to our Indigenous peoples and our relationship to the planet.

The Presbyterian Church in Canada, through its residential schools, partnered with the Government of Canada to annihilate Indigenous culture. In 1994, the Presbyterian Church in Canada prepared an official Confession and has encouraged churches across the country to be creative in responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action.

This initiative will be the first of a series of steps that invites an approach of listening and learning from an Indigenous perspective. We hope that it will facilitate further actions that involve restoring relationships among all peoples and species, and protecting the land which we all call home.

The project will include a $2,000 contribution to the Onaman Collective, formed in 2014 for the express purpose of finding ways to connect Indigenous youth to land, traditional knowledge, language and Elders through art and land-based activities.

To date we have secured half of the $20,000 needed to accomplish this goal. We invite your support by clicking the Donate Button or by writing a cheque to:

St. Andrew’s (mural)

and mailing it to:

31 King St. Picton ON K0K 2T0