Our recognition of Indigenous Peoples as the traditional stewards of this land.
Long before Canada was formed, the Stó:lō (people of the river) occupied the land on which Level Ground Mennonite Church is located. They lived in the Fraser Valley and lower Fraser Canyon of British Columbia and they spoke Halq’eméylem, also known as the upriver dialect.
As we gather, we acknowledge with deep gratitude our presence on the unceded, traditional, and ancestral homeland of the Máthexwi (Matsqui) and Semá:th (Sumas) First Nations, both affiliated with the larger Stó:lō Nation.
We recognize their enduring connection to this land: land that has always been at the centre of Indigenous life, culture and spirituality. We are grateful to God for the opportunity to be together, learn together, and care for creation together in this community today.
As Jesus reconciled us to God, we are called and we commit ourselves to the work of peace and reconciliation with each other and specifically with the Indigenous Peoples of this land.
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