(CCCB) Seven Canadian Catholic organizations have formed a coalition to strengthen and foster relations with Indigenous people.
Meeting at the offices of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) in Ottawa on 5 December 2016 for its first official meeting, the members of the coalition approved the following mission statement:
"Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle is a Catholic coalition of Indigenous people, bishops, clergy, lay movements and institutes of consecrated life, engaged in renewing and fostering relationships between the Catholic Church and Indigenous people in Canada."
Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle has a fourfold purpose:
- To provide a forum for its members to dialogue and encourage deeper understanding of the relationships between the Church and Indigenous people and Indigenous spirituality in Canada.
- To serve as a united Catholic public voice on relations and dialogue between the Church and Indigenous people and Indigenous spirituality in Canada.
- To assist Catholics in engagement with the Truth and Reconciliation process and its Calls to Action.
- To carry out agreed upon initiatives and concrete actions.
"Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle is motivated by the love of Christ, filled with great hope for the future and attentive to the Holy Spirit's action in our world, to the glory of our compassionate Creator and Father."