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As part of its commitment to support the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund has developed a program called Mapping the Ground We Stand On.

This interactive workshop, known as the Mapping Exercise, invites participants to explore the Indigenous presence on the map of Canada, the history of settlers' arrival, and their relationship to one another.  It also offers an opportunity for learning and reflection on the concept of Terra Nullius or “empty land” and the Doctrine of Discovery as foundational to colonialism, of which the residential schools were one aspect. PWRDF’s Mapping Exercise complements the KAIROS Blanket Exercise, and focuses in part on our personal/individual and Anglican histories. 

Participants will walk on the map, reflect on their own presence on it, and discuss how they might respond to what they have learned.

Our Diocesan PWRDF team has invited John and Nancy Denham, PWRDF facilitators, to present this workshop in each of our four regions. 

Workshops will be held on:

  • Thursday September 7 at St George the Martyr, Cadboro Bay
  • Friday September 8 at St Mary, Parish of Central Saanich, Saanichton
  • Saturday September 9 at St Paul, Nanaimo
  • Monday September 11 at St Peter, Campbell River.

All workshops will be held 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

There is limited space, so registration is required. To register, or for more information, please contact Lynn Schumacher at

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