Indigenous Peoples

The National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples is celebrated every year on 12 December, on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, who appeared to a native peasant in Mexico in 1531.

National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

This project, with the approval of the Bishops of Canada, has been coordinated since 2002 by the Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council (formerly the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council). Every year, the Council’s reflection centres on a different theme that is linked to Indigenous traditions and spiritualities. In 2020, for example, the celebrations centred around the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages (2019). “We all like to be spoken to in our mother tongue. So too in the faith, we like to be spoken to in our “mother culture”, our native language (cf. 2 Maccabees 7:21, 27), and as a result our hearts become better disposed to hear the Word of God.”

Reflection: National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

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