LIRR Digest, May 8, 2015

To all on the journey towards right relations:

TRC and LIRR at CONFERENCE MEETINGS
Joan Jarvis, Conference staff with Manitoba and Northwest Ontario Conference asked the question: do you have a suggestion of a good short video (less than 10 mins) we might use at our annual meeting that highlights the work of the TRC?  Here were my suggestions:

1)   The 8-minute summary of the last national TRC event held in Edmonton  https://vimeo.com/91343733   – there is a clip of past Moderator Bill Phipps within this.

2)   The series of short videos on the TRC website www.trc.ca:  What Has been the Purpose and Role of the TRC?  How Should People Feel?  Where do We Go from Here?

Joan said they are making a “Heart Garden” as part of their presentation on TRC at the Annual Meeting.  How are you planning to lift up the work of ‘reconciliation’ and ‘living into right relations’ in your conference meetings,  many of which are happening as the TRC closing activities begin in Ottawa on May 31 with the Walk for Reconciliation?  Can you incorporate a walk in the community, or around the place, where you are meeting?
How will you give attention to the proposal of the Comprehensive Review Task Group regarding Aboriginal Ministries?

I would appreciate receiving your accounts of what happened at your meetings, with the hopes of collating a section in the next issue of “Turning the Page Together”.  Please encourage the use of all 4 parts of the online resource ‘Toward Truth and Reconciliation” http://www.united-church.ca/aboriginal/schools/resources/trservice

May 31: KAIROS—Time for Reconciliation;   June 7: Turning and Lamentation;
June 14: Seeking the Spirit;  June 21:  Celebration and Thanksgiving on National Aboriginal Day

SEE WHERE ALL THE HEART GARDENS ARE SPRINGING UP!  Are your plans for planting a heart garden on this map?  http://www.fncaringsociety.com/map-heart-gardens

View the instructions to make your heart flowers here (and mail one to arrive at KAIROS by May 22): http://www.kairoscanada.org/events/time4reconciliation/heart-gardens/

PULL TOGETHER CAMPAIGN – ‘WEEK TO END ENBRIDGE’ June 13-21
Last June 17, the federal government approved the Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker project, despite widespread opposition (including the General Council 2012 proposal to reject the pipeline).  Pull Together campaign, launched by the Sierra Club, invites you to join their ‘Week to End Enbridge” this June 13-21 as they raise another $250,000 for 7 BC First Nations legal defence funds to challenge the approval and the consultation process.

 Fund raising events continue to inspire:  an art auction and beer tasting in Terrace, a big seafood fest and community dance on Haida Gwaii, a climate change cabaret in Nanaimo, and a house concert in Victoria.  A restaurant in Vancouver donated 25% of their revenue on Earth Day.  In June a group of high school students are organizing a Pull Together concert in Victoria with some well-known local bands. A paddle is being organizing for Victoria for the week to end Enbridge.  And the Pull Together chocolate bars seem to be flying off the shelves.  Check out the community tool kit and how you can participate at http://pull-together.ca/

 AFN CHIEF PERRY BELLEGARDE COMMENTS ON 2015 BUDGET AND RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
In a 17-minute interview with Amanda Lang,  Bellegarde makes his points about building relationships and true partnerships to close the gap and invest in health, education, and infrastructure, and provide economic benefit from resource development, while embracing Aboriginal rights and title, instead of fighting them.  See https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=guxvK0xlLJU&app=desktop  And in a 4-minute clip, he says closing the gap would be good for Canada, not just First Nations, but unfortunately this 2015 budget is a ‘status quo’ budget. http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2665033167/

BC TAHLTAN NATION ACCEPTS AGREEMENT TO CO-MANAGE RED CHRIS MINE; COAL MINE DEVELOPMENT HALTED
This agreement represents quite a journey from some Tahltan Elders calling for a mining moratorium in the Stikine region to protect Sacred Headwaters in 2005, and a Supreme Court of Canada ruling in 2010 (won by the group Ecojustice, upheld the federal government’s duty under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act to complete a full environmental review of the Red Chris mine) to a co-management agreement.  http://www.tahltan.org/news/tahltan-nation-accepts-historic-co-management-agreement-red-chris-mine

In another story,  Tahltan Central Council (TCC) welcomes news that the Province of BC (through British Columbia Railway Company) has purchased 61 coal licenses in the Klappan and Sacred Headwaters to stop development in the area.  http://www.tahltan.org/news/deal-halts-klappan-development-long-term-plan-be-set#sthash.YaOo9Hfp.dpuf

INDIAN STATUS: 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
See this blog that dispels myths and misconceptions about Indian status. In a new film entitled “Status” by Howard Sadler,  Vera Wabegijig talks about what having Indian status means to her.  Status will air on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. ET on CBC-TV in Ottawa. http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/indian-status-5-things-you-need-to-know-1.2744870

WORKING TOWARDS AN “INDIGENOUS PSYCHOLOGY”, DEALING WITH HISTORICAL TRAUMA  An engaging article by Elizabeth Gunggoll on “Social and Emotional Well-Being of First Peoples: How it’s different, why it’s important, and what’s being done about it.” http://firstpeoples.org/wp/tag/indigenous-psychology/ 

Especially remembering mothers who are missing and no longer with us, and those who endure violence,

Cecile Fausak
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)

 

 

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