Greetings to you after my 2 weeks of vacation and a hectic week of catch-up:
I happened to pick up Walter Bruggeman’s 1978 book “The Prophetic Imagination” and was grounded again in the basics of this prophetic ministry of seeking reconciliation, decolonizing, and justice for indigenous peoples. He writes that “the task of prophetic ministry is to nurture, nourish, and evoke a consciousness and perception alternative to the consciousness and perception of the dominant culture around us.” The alternative consciousness to be nurtured on the one hand serves to criticize in dismantling the dominant consciousness; and on the other hand serves to energize persons and communities by its promise of another time and situation toward which the community of faith may move. (page 13) .
As we move towards the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, may we release our imaginations and sharpen our vision of a new relationship that can critique the colonial patterns, and energize us to walk, dance, and sing a new song together.
REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 16 FOR KAIROS’ INTERGENERATIONAL GATHERING “TIME FOR RECONCILIATION”
Coinciding with the closing ceremonies of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the release of its final report, KAIROS’ Time for Reconciliation represents an ongoing commitment to reconciliation and relationship building. In Ottawa, the action begins Friday afternoon, May 29 with KAIROS’ Intergenerational Gathering, which continues on Saturday, May 30 at Carleton University. Then participants may choose to join the Walk for Reconciliation scheduled to begin Sunday morning, May 31. This day may also include an ecumenical worship service organized by local churches; and KAIROS will be posting worship resources online for May 31.
Monday, June 1 features educational events hosted by KAIROS and the TRC. The TRC Final Report will be presented on Tuesday, June 2. A by-invitation ceremonial closing of the TRC will take place at Rideau Hall on Wednesday, June 3 and will include a community feast
The Ottawa Intergenerational Gathering ecumenical event is for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples together. Special invitations will be extended to young people, elders and others from Indigenous communities, and priority will be given to their participation. At least half the participants will be young adults (18-35). We trust that our predominantly older settler KAIROS constituency will also be well represented.
Think now how you can help a young adult to attend this pivotal event in our history and church life. For more details, see: http://www.kairoscanada.org/get-involved/time-for-reconciliation/?utm_source=Kairos+Times+2014&utm_campaign=0d92633ffd-KAIROS+Times+-+March+2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_522b217185-0d92633ffd-98815357
MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND GIRLS – ROUNDTABLE
To see the framework adopted at the National Roundtable on Feb.27 http://www.abo-peoples.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/MMIWG_FrameworkDocument.pdf
The exhibit Walking With Our Sisters will be at Kwanlin D?n Cultural Centre, in Whitehorse, April 11th – 25th, 2015.
There is a series of community conversations leading up to the exhibit, the 8th was held March 11.
The exhibit will be at Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery June 1 – 21, 2015. Their community conversations have started too, with the 3rd one on March 8.
For more details, see http://walkingwithoursisters.ca/events/2015-2/
HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL RE FUNDING OF FIRST NATIONS CHILD WELFARE SERVICES
KAIROS has produced 22 one-minute videos that capture moving speeches from its October 2014 Solidarity Evening for the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, held on the eve of final arguments before the Human Rights Tribunal. One vignette will be released weekly to build awareness and momentum towards the tribunal’s decision regarding the funding First Nations child welfare services. To view the videos and learn more about “I am a Witness” campaign, visit KAIROS’ page: http://www.kairoscanada.org/dignity-rights/i-am-a-witness/?utm_source=Kairos+Times+2014&utm_campaign=0d92633ffd-KAIROS+Times+-+March+2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_522b217185-0d92633ffd-98815357
RICH COUNTRY, POOR NATIONS SERIES – RACISM AND HEALTH CARE
Janet Smylie, a family physician and health scientist speaks up about the signs of racism in the emergency room and the health care system. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/put-an-end-to-racism-in-the-er/article22902617/
For the ground-breaking research report “First Nations, Second Class Treatment: The Role of Racism in the Health and Well-Being of Indigenous Peoples in Canada” see http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Report-First-Peoples-Second-Class-Treatment-Final.pdf It is a must read for anyone who works in the health care system, particularly in areas where many indigenous people are served.
“WITNESS BLANKET” ART INSTALLTION ON TOUR in REGINA AND CALGARY
There is still time to see this amazing large scale cedar art installation incorporating hundreds of artifacts from residential schools at the University of Regina until April 10. Then it will move to the Calgary Public Library for April 13 until mid-May. It is also confirmed to be in Nova Scotia in Sept-Oct. 2015. Why not plan to view it as a group? For more details of the tour schedule, and to express your community’s interest in having the installation come to you, see http://witnessblanket.ca/
Liaison Minister: Residential Schools
General Council Office: Committee on Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools
780-676-0562 (office cell) note: not in working order at the moment
780-675-7753 (Athabasca, AB home office)