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Where it belongs – Chatham Voice

by ahnationtalk on May 15, 201998 Views

The return of the Fairfield settlement lands to the Delaware First Nation people by the United Church of Canada on Friday was historic in more ways than one.

The signing ceremony between the Eelunapeewi Lahkeewiit (Delaware) First Nation Chief Denise Stonefish and the United Church of Canada was many years and many discussions in the making. Both sides of the table will tell you they met with patience and mutual respect, and the people who first settled that piece of land in 1792 were not walking away until their ancestral lands were once again under the Delaware Nation banner.

The hurt and damage left behind from residential schools, where First Nations children were forced to give up their traditions, culture and spirituality to conform to Christian beliefs and values will never be forgotten, but the Call to Action of the federal Truth and Reconciliation Commission has made a start in healing relationships.

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