LIRR Digest – May 29, 2015

Greetings from Ottawa!

A quick question before you move to reading the rest of this digest:  Does anyone know of a faith community who acknowledges the traditional indigenous territory where they gather by way of an outside plaque or sign on the building?  If so, could you send me a picture? I’ve seen this in Australia, but am not aware of a place here.

RING BELLS ON SUNDAY NOON EST
This Sunday, participating churches across Canada will be ringing bells at noon, ringing for reconciliation, acknowledging their part in this process and their commitment to working with indigenous peoples to build a new and brighter future. Those churches that don’t have belfries, like First United Church and All Saints Westboro in Ottawa, will be outside ringing handbells, tambourines and anything that makes a ringing noise.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/marika-morris/why-bells-will-be-ringing_b_7463326.html

WATCH TRC WEBCASTS JUNE 2 – HONORARY WITNESSES SHARING CIRCLE , TRC FINAL REPORT, RESPONSES
Go to www.trc.ca for the program to be webcast, and to click onto the livestreaming of TRC activities on June 1 and 2.

WATCH LIVE –  JUNE 3 CLOSING TRC CEREMONIES
The formal closing ceremonies of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission held on Wednesday, June 3, starting at noon EST, at Rideau Hall will be broadcast live by CPAC (Cable Public Affairs Channel – the folks who bring you Question PeriodJ)  http://www.cpac.ca/en/

WATCH TRC WEBCASTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
In the last digest, and on www.facebook.ca/indigenousjustice , I posted announcements about various gathering across the country happening on June 2 to watch the delivery of the summary of the final TRC report, and reflect on it together.
Here is what’s happening in Nova Scotia:

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. “Time for Reconciliation” for sacred fire, listening to the webcast, and feasting:
Membertou Trade & Convention Centre, 50 Maillard St., Membertou, NS
and
Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre  2158 Gottingen Street, Halifax,

NEW BOOK:  RECONCILIATION AND THE WAY FORWARD  and #HOPEIS CAMPAIGN
The Legacy of Hope Foundation is launching its latest publication, a book of reflections entitled “Reconciliation and the Way Forward”, on June 2 in Ottawa.  This compliments their many other good learning opportunities such as the film and online exhibit “Where are the Children?” and the curriculum “One Hundred Years of Loss”.  http://www.legacyofhope.ca/
They are also running a nation-wide #hopeis campaign to inspire ‘the unstoppable power of people’ to ‘make a future that’s different from the past’.
You can share your thoughts, ideas, and hopes across social media, using the #hopeis hashtag.
Author of “Full Circle” Wayne Spears shares his reflections in this article http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/wayne-k-spear/truth-and-reconciliation_b_7460544.html

ARTS PROJECT: {RE}CONCILIATION
This unique initiative will promote artistic collaborations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists, investing in the power of art and imagination to inspire dialogue, understanding and change.   http://canadacouncil.ca/aboriginal-arts-office/reconciliation

NEWCOMERS TO CANADA, AND RELATIONS WITH ABORIGINAL PEOPLES
Muslim Link interviews Chief Bobby Joseph, a TRC Honorary Witness and founder of Reconciliation Canada:
http://muslimlink.ca/in-focus/human-rights/chief-joseph-reconciliation?utm_source=Muslim+Link+Snapshot+-+May+28+2015&utm_campaign=May+28+2015+Snapshot&utm_medium=email

CHIEF JUSTICE SAYS CANADA ATTEMPTED ‘CULTURAL GENOCIDE’ AGAINST ABORIGINAL PEOPLES
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/chief-justice-says-canada-attempted-cultural-genocide-on-aboriginals/article24688854/

I am off to register for the KAIROS Intergenerational gathering – it promises to be a powerful “Time for Reconciliation.”

In peace and friendship,
Cecile
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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