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You are lovingly invited to attend an online study of the film Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts. Sponsored by St. George’s Anglican Church, Cadboro Bay in Victoria, BC, this event is open to all members of the public.

In light of the mass graves of children at Canadian residential schools, this is an opportunity to learn what you can do to be part of the solution and the healing for us all that needs to happen.

Doctrine of Discovery is a documentary about decisions made by settlers over the past five centuries that continue to profoundly – and negatively – impact Indigenous people. Many of 2015 Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action refer to this film, which gives insight into the racist foundations of some Canadian property laws and other laws still in existence today. We offer this study program in the spirit of hope and peace, to help us all learn and change and be part of a new, better relationship with Indigenous people. Educating ourselves is the first step toward reconciliation. During the four evenings of discussion, we will honour the seven traditional teachings of love, truth, honesty, bravery, wisdom, humility and respect.

Details about the program are as follows:

When: Four consecutive Wednesdays, August 11, August 18, August 25 and September 1, 2021. If you cannot attend all four evenings, you are welcome to join us whenever you can.

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Where: In your own home. Watch the 67-minute documentary on YouTube or Vimeo whenever it suits you. Then join us on Zoom on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. for discussions about the film and its study guide.

Program format:

  1. Watch the entire 67-minute video at your own convenience (watch it at this link).
  2. Register for the study group (register for Zoom link here) and read the assigned sections of the 12-section study guide (available for download below), as given to you by a facilitator after you have registered.

Section 1: Opening

Section 2: Out of the Ether

Section 3: Not an Empty Land

Section 4: The Indian Problem

Section 5: Legacy of Pain Section

Section 6: Legal Fiction 

Section 7: The Métis Nation

Section 8: Trying to Stand 

Section 9: The Good Mind 

Section 10: Repudiation

Section  11: Spiritual Arrogance

Section 12: We are Seeds

3. Join us on Zoom for a discussion about one or two chapters of the study guide each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. on the link provided by the St. George's Church Office. A pdf version of the study guide can be found at the bottom of the page. 

Cost: Free.

To register: register for Zoom link here.

For more information, please go to

PDF study guide available for download below.