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Mennonite churches donate 1% of budget to Indigenous groups – Winnipeg Free Press

Apr. 3, 2024

After Charleswood Mennonite Church adopted a statement of reconciliation with Indigenous people in 2021, congregation members decided to do more than just recite a land acknowledgement each Sunday.

They wanted to act by making reparations.

“We decided to give one per cent of our annual budget to Indigenous organizations, in an open-handed way,” said co-pastor Jonathan Neufeld. “No strings attached.”

The church decided to give half of that one per cent to Clan Mother’s Healing Village, an organization that supports Indigenous women, and the other half to the Share the Gifts Reparations Fund, which collects money from churches, organizations and individuals to support Indigenous-led groups.

For the church, which is located on land in southwest Winnipeg that was once used by the Métis, Anishinaabe and Swampy Cree people for hunting and trapping, it’s a way to “tangibly show we have benefited from this land as a church and individuals,” Neufeld said.

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