Happy Easter to all those building new relationships amidst the brokenness, and being Easter:
In his blog on March 13, “THE BROKEN CHALICE” (http://www.garypaterson.ca/page/2/ , Moderator Patterson lifts up one of the six recommendations of the Comprehensive Review report which is that we recognize and affirm once again that working towards right relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people is of prime importance to who we are as a church.
It is recommended that:
- A process be established to continue conversations with the Aboriginal ministries that form the Aboriginal Ministries Council to build a relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people based on mutuality, respect, and equity;
- To the extent possible, spending on Aboriginal ministries be maintained during the next triennium while discussions continue, and thereafter a set percentage of annual givings to the Mission and Service Fund be dedicated to this ministry;
- The important work of Indigenous justice and right relations continue so that the church can continue to live out its apologies to Aboriginal people.
The Living into Right Relations Network are at the heart of honoring this recommendation. Let us pray for one another and the whole church is this time of letting go, waiting, and becoming a new creation.
CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKERS TEAMS – INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY DELEGATION IN KENORA, ON
Peter Haresnape, with Christian Peacemakers Teams wrote to encourage people to consider one of the three upcoming Indigenous Peoples Solidarity delegations. It is a way to bring people together from across Turtle Island and beyond to meet indigenous activists, elders and community leaders working to defend the land from destructive industries, operate anti-racism training, support urban Aboriginal populations, and work with churches and other ally groups. Some United Church ministers and lay people have been on some past delegations, and I can probably put you in touch with them. For more info, go to http://www.cpt.org/participate/delegation/schedule
In 2015: 1-11 May; 14-24 August; 25 September – 5 October
Find out what it means to be an ally to indigenous communities engaged in healing, resisting colonialism and struggling for sovereignty. Corporate clear cut logging of Asubpeeschoseewagong traditional territory has destroyed hunting, trapping, food and medicine gathering activities. Residential schools have profoundly affected both families and communities . Mercury contamination found over forty years ago still continues poisoning the residents in the area .
Explore what it means to live in right relationship with the earth and each other. From a base in the city of Kenora, delegations will meet with leaders of Asubpeeschoseewagong people , indigenous and non- residents. Delegates undertake an analysis of colonialism, participate in undoing racism trainings , and learn about being allies to address the problems of structured violence though nonviolent actions. FUNDRAISING EXPECTATION: $725 US which does NOT include the cost of travel to Kenora, Ontario. .
HOW CITY OF EDMONTON LIVED OUT ‘YEAR OF RECONCILIATION’
Could your municipality take further steps on the journey of reconciliation like these enacted in the City of Edmonton?
- Teaching city staff about residential school and Aboriginal history
- Establishing urban cultural ceremonial grounds
JOIN #WE CARE CAMPAIGN – WATCH LEAH GAZAN, ADVOCATE FOR MMIWG
The Centre for Christian Studies and Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre welcomed Leah Gazan to their “Second Fridays” learning session on March 13 in Winnipeg. You can see and hear this fierce advocate for justice and compassion for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and how you can join the #We Care Movement to continue the call for a public inquiry, and immediate action. http://ccsonline.ca/2015/03/march-second-fridays-leah-gazan-we-care/ and https://www.facebook.com/wecaremmiw
ABORIGINAL TITLE IN BC – TSILHQOT’IN AFFIRM ‘NEMIAH DECLARATION’; BC PREMIER WON’T APPOINT NEW TREATY COMMISSIONER
COMMUNITY ACTION TOOLKIT from RECONCILIATION CANADA
The Community Action Toolkit is intended to provide you with some guidelines and ideas on how to start the reconciliation conversation within your own circles of influence. Two parts are specifically geared to young adults. You download this resource from: http://reconciliationcanada.ca/reconciliation-begins-with-me//participate/
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)