St. Stephen’s University (SSU) warmly welcomes you to join us for

Sacred Encounter: A Symposium Towards Reconciliation
Thursday, September 28 (5:30 pm) – Saturday, September 30 (1:30 pm), 2017

In an effort to facilitate a safe space for interaction and dialogue, this event is by invitation only.
Optional public events will be held the evening of September 30th (documentary film screening) &
the morning of 
October 1st (ecumenical service).

Location: The Atlantic Salmon Federation Wild Salmon Nature Centre, Chamcook, NB
Huntsman Marine Science Centre, St. Andrews, NB


Our Call:

The events leading Canadian society to the Truth and Reconciliation Process, the resulting Calls to Action, and the subsequent media attention around the negative impacts of our colonizing history, all coincide to create a space for repentance and reconciliation. There are Calls to Action to which SSU, as a Christian university with developing relationships with indigenous peoples, has both a responsibility and an opportunity to respond.


SSU is situated on the traditional and unceded territory of the Peskotomuhkati (Passamaquoddy). Our current engagement with indigenous peoples has provided SSU and our extended community with rich opportunities for meaningful dialogue and deepening awareness of  the issues facing indigenous individuals and communities. Our involvement to date has been very organic, with one relationship and encounter leading naturally to another. It has been a rich and rewarding (sometimes painful) journey as we build relationships and hear narratives of both exile and resilience.


In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action (# 59 & 60), SSU is creating a forum for Indigenous perspectives and storytelling to help Christian leadership learn about the ongoing impact of colonialism on the Peskotomuhkati (Passamaquoddy) , Wolastoqitik (Maliseet), and Mi’kmaw nations.  Our aim is to set a foundation for a continuing journey of dialogue, learning, and restitution.  

Registration Details:

We are inviting traditional leaders and elders from the Peskotomuhkati, Wolastoqitik, and Mi’kmaw nations, many of whom SSU has developed relationships with, as participant/facilitators to share their stories with us.  Also included are Aboriginal Christian peoples, inclusive of national Aboriginal Christian voices. We are inviting staff, ministry, and lay people from various denominations who have been engaged in indigenous/Canadian relationship building, those with experience and those new to the journey, from their various contexts. As these diverse groups gather, our aim is to create a sacred space for encounter and dialogue.


Registration has now closed.

Once you have registered, the participant registration fee can be paid via:

  • E-transfer to [email protected]
  • In person (8 Main St., St. Stephen) by credit, debit, cash or cheque
  • Mail cash or cheque to:  8 Main Street, St. Stephen, NB, E3L 3E2

For more information, please contact:
Emma Seamone, Education for Reconciliation Coordinator
[email protected]

This symposium is part of a larger effort, the Education for Reconciliation (EFR) project, that also aims to create experiences for our student body to learn more about indigenous peoples, and to incorporate indigenous voices into our school’s library. If you would like to help us strengthen our work towards reconciliation now and for the future by making a donation to the EFR project, we welcome that support.