When I started working in an Indigenous ministry, an Elder told me I shouldn't wear my clergy collar when I was at Indigenous organizations or working with residential school Survivors. And it makes sense. Again and again survivors tell me that a priest in a collar is triggering.
I don't complain that it's not fair. I don't refuse to go to, or boycott Indigenous organisations. I don't call on the city to cut funding to those organisations.
Because I would never want to hurt another person.
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