First United is deeply committed and active in pursing “right relations” with the First Peoples of Canada. In particular we focus on how we, as individuals and as a community, can seek to know and restore right relations with our Aboriginal, First Nations and Metis neighbours.
Every Sunday, we acknowledge that as we worship we give thanks to the Creator for the Earth and we honour the Algonquin people upon whose traditional land we gather. We also regularly honour Right Relations in our worship services throughout the year, and in particular have a Right Relations Sunday that coincides with National Aboriginal Day in late June.
First has chosen to walk a journey to reconciliation using "United Nations Declaration of Rights for Indigenous Peoples" in response to the "Call to Action #48" by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a lens for our own actions and the actions required by Canadians collectively through our municipal, provincial, and federal governments.
Every Tuesday at we have an Indigenous Book Study group that meets from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. This allows for engaging conversation and the circle always welcome new folk.
On the First Wednesday of every month, Our "Living into Right Relations Circle" meets in our chapel at 7:00 p.m. for leaning and information.
First United is also a formal partner member with KAIROS Canada and supports their "Right Relations" initiatives
We are developing relationships with aboriginal neighbours. Our nearest neighbours are the Anishnabe (Algonquin) people, some of whom live at Golden Lake and Kitigan Zibi (Maniwaki). However people of many different First Peoples communities also call Ottawa-Gatineau home.
We are supportive of all the efforts for “right relations” by The United Church of Canada both nationally and regionally. We celebrate the inclusion of the aboriginal story into the crest of The United Church of Canada through the adoption of the four colours and the inclusion of the Mohawk phrase “all my relations”.
We invite you to participate in any of the events that we engage as a community. These events are printed in First Glance, our newsletter, and in the “Special Events” section on our homepage.