Happy Valentine’s Day! May love without fear be active in all our relationships.
The Committee of Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools and the Aboriginal Ministries Council (AMC) concluded a joint meeting on Monday this week. Among many fruitful conversations, we are pleased to announce that the first webinar after Easter, specifically for the LIRR network (and certainly available to all who are interested), will be about taking action concerning Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). Maggie McLeod, Executive Minister, AMC, and others from the church will be attending the Peoples Gathering on Feb. 27 at Carleton U, which is open to all. It will be webcast. At the same time, the National Roundtable on MMIWG, with an invited number, will be held. There will also be a closed gathering of family members on Feb.26. For more info, see http://www.afn.ca/uploads/files/peoples_gathering_fact_sheet_poster_fe.pdf
BRANDON IRS POTENTIAL SITE FOR HEALING LODGE
In this article about this healing initiative, it says:
[Margaret Roscelli, Sioux Valley’s executive director of health] said the United Church has shown interest in creating a museum inside the facility to ensure people of all nationalities understand the legacy left behind by the residential school era. It would also serve as a memorial for those who died there. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/Brandon-residential-school-site-could-be-home-to-healing-lodge-291340041.html
Rev. Craig Miller in Brandon, and a member of Assiniboine Presbytery has been a key UC participant in these conversations towards healing and reconciliation.
RICH COUNTRY, POOR NATIONS SERIES
What actions could end the shocking disparity between the prosperity of Canada and the deprivation of First Nations? In The Globe and Mail series Rich Country, Poor Nations, a range of contributors argue for one idea that could make a difference.
- Paul Martin: Indigenous Thought Belongs in the Classroom http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/indigenous-thought-belongs-in-the-classroom/article22839404/
- Nahanni Fontaine: Institute equality for indigenous women http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/nahanni-fontaine- institute-equality-for-indigenous-women/article22887139/
- Gabrielle Fayant: Native youth claim their future through technology http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/gabrielle-fayant-native-youth-claim-their-future-through-technology/article22856060/
- Hayden King: First Nations crisis is about land. We need a new settlement http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/hayden-king-first-nations-crisis-is-about-land-we-need-a-new-settlement/article22887364/
HELP SUPPORT BUILDING AN ‘EARTHSHIP” HOME FOR A SIX NATIONS FAMILY
The Sustainability Education Centre, which is home to Earthship Canada Headquarters, plan to build an off-grid, self-sustained, home for a family living on the Six Nations Reserve in the summer of 2015. During the building process, they will host a free Sustainable Building Workshop for First Nations peoples interested in construction skill development. This might well be a model project. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/off-grid-earthship-home-for-six-nations-family
UC Five Oaks Education Centre and Earthship are working together to articulate a partnership agreement. The partnership agreement will include Earthship building Five Oaks an off-grid Retreat Centre. In addition, Earthship will build themselves a small education facility on Five Oaks’ property.
Liaison Minister: Residential Schools
General Council Office: Committee on Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools
780-676-0562 (office cell)
780-675-7753 (Athabasca, AB home office)