Carla Olsen Draper
Associate Lead Pastor
At Foothills, we know God calls the church to be a sign of his Kingdom where walls that divide are torn down: under the reign of God all people are equal. Our practice is to be as welcoming as God himself, demonstrating to the world a foretaste of his Kingdom.
We also know there is still substantial work to be done. As a church that believes every person is of equal value to God, we want to acknowledge September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Orange Shirt Day also takes place on September 30. Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led commemorative day that honours children who survived Indian Residential Schools and those who did not.
This national holiday is an excellent way to learn more about the rich and diverse history of Indigenous Peoples who live in Canada. To start your learning journey, click here.
If you would like to join us in praying for reconciliation, click here to access this Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action Learning and Prayer Guide.
If you would like to learn about how an indigenous Christian and theologian addresses these important issues, click here to join the Downey Lectures offered by Ambrose University. This event takes place September 29 & 30 at 7:30PM both in person and online. There is no cost to attend.
We would like to acknowledge that Foothills is located in the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes traditional lands of the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising of Siksika, Piikani and Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut'ina First Nation and the Stoney Nakoda (including Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nations). Moh'kins'tsis, named by the Blackfoot, meaning "Where the Bow River meets the Elbow," known to us as Calgary, is also home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III.