LIRR Digest – June 23, 2015

Greetings for Aboriginal Day,

Blessings on all your gatherings and celebrations, actions and prayers.

MODERATOR’S BLOG “UNITED FOR RECONCILIATION”
Moderator Gary Paterson shares three vignettes from his participation in the closing TRC ceremonies which give us much pause for thought.
http://www.garypaterson.ca/2015/06/17/united-for-reconciliation/

 RECORDING OF WEBINAR ON “FREE, PRIOR, AND INFORMED CONSENT”
If you didn’t catch this webinar hosted by the LIRR network with EDGE on June 17,  you can view the recording at
http://edgenetwork.adobeconnect.com/p5i7bpcg47h/
Thank you to John Dillon of KAIROS, and gkisedtanamoogk of the Wabanaki Nation for providing us with so much insight and food for thought, while I moderated the conversation with our great audience.  Please feel free to provide your feedback directly to me, since the chat box is not live on the recording.

CHIPPEWAS OF THE THAMES FIRST NATIONS’ COURT CHALLENGE OF ENBRIDGE’S LINE 9 PIPELINE
Another instance of the right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent being ignored, necessitating a court challenge.
http://rabble.ca/news/2015/06/open-letter-support-chippewas-thames-first-nations-court-challenge-enbridge-line-9-pipe

KAIROS and TIME FOR RECONCILIATION
Video snippets from the “Time for Reconciliation” Intergenerational Gathering https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcZ_8zgFT55r7SKpI0Xla4NhMibDB3-D_&utm_source=Kairos+Times+2014&utm_campaign=261f1cbe84-KAIROS+Times+e-Newsletter+for+June+2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_522b217185-261f1cbe84-98815357

Photographs of the Heart Garden at Rideau Hall
https://www.pinterest.com/KAIROSCanada/heart-gardens-honouring-memories-planting-dreams/

KAIROS SHADOW REPORT SPOTLIGHTS VIOLATIONS TO THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS (ICCPR)
Submission of information by KAIROS to the Human Rights Committee [HRC] for the examination of Canada’s Sixth [6th] Report during July 2015
http://www.kairoscanada.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/KAIROS-Shadow-Report.pdf?utm_source=Kairos+Times+2014&utm_campaign=261f1cbe84-KAIROS+Times+e-Newsletter+for+June+2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_522b217185-261f1cbe84-98815357

SCHOOL STUDENTS TO LEARN ABOUT TREATIES
Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan lead the way in changes to school curriculum in regard to learning about treaties.   If we know the capital city of our province, why don’t we know what traditional territory we live in or which treaty we are responsible to?
http://rabble.ca/news/2015/06/ontario-wants-students-to-learn-about-indigenous-treaties

MORE ON THE USE OF THE TERM ‘GENOCIDE’
http://rabble.ca/print/blogs/bloggers/pamela-palmater/2015/06/what-happened-residential-schools-was-genocide-what-matters-j

SKYLIGHT FESTIVAL July 31- August 2, Paris, ON Fair grounds
Patterned after the UK’s Greenbelt Christian Arts Festival (https://www.greenbelt.org.uk), which draws more than 20,000 people annually and the Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina (wildgoosefestival.org).   Canada’s new Skylight Festival will offer music, drama, art, film and inspiring talks on faith, peace and justice  – in a celebratory space created to nurture a narrative of hope, joy and transformation.

There will be a number of aboriginal speakers/musicians at the festival: Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum (Co-founder “Idle No More”, Carol Geller Human Rights Award, Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers Award, Social Justice Award, 2014 Global Citizen Award), Ganosono – Adrian Jacobs (Keeper of the Circle – Sand Saulteaux Centre), Diem Lafortune (Mama D – 2013 CFMA Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year Nominee), Rick Hill (Coordinator of Deyohahá:ge: 6 Nations Indigenous Knowledge Centre), Judy DaSilva (Anishinaabe woman grass roots activist fighting mercury poisoning of the river system in Grassy Narrows) You can find out more and register at:  www.skylightfestival.ca

RECONCILIAITON: YOUR MOVE, GOVERNMENTS
Some thoughts on the TRC ‘Call to Action’ to create a National Council on Reconciliation.
http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2015/06/10/Reconciliation-Governments-Move/?utm_source=mondayheadlines&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=150615

“SPIRIT OF OUR SISTERS” GATHERING , EDMONTON, Sept. 28-30, 2015
This Gathering is designed to bring together the family members of the MMIW, Indigenous Organizations, First Nation community members, the service sector and government agencies.  Register here:
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=30049bf9-c488-4fe3-86a6-436f297cd741&c=2081afe0-4c33-11e3-8534-d4ae52a459cd&ch=215860d0-4c33-11e3-8558-d4ae52a459cd

LIVING WITH MOTHER EARTH: CANOE JOURNEY  July 17-19, 2015
Judy and Joe Googoo, two traditional Mi’kmaw harvesters, are the perfect guides for this return to the land journey! Meet in Waycobah, Cape Breton, and canoe from there to Indian Island in Bras d’Or Lake. After setting up camp, you’ll spend the rest of the weekend learning about ways to live off and close to the land.   Sponsored by Tatamagouche Centre.  For more info: https://www.tatacentre.ca/index.php/programs/details/2315

We are also thinking about the Sisters Canoe Journey happening in Saskatchewan, another canoe trip in the Kawartha Lakes region of Bay of Quinte Conference, and plans for the 10th annual Paddle the Peace on July 11 to oppose the Site C Dam proposed project on the Peace River in northeastern BC. http://paddleforthepeace.ca/paddle-2010/
Paddle well, sisters and brothers of all ages!

PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP: JOINING THE COUNCIL FIRE
July 28-31, Tues 2 pm – Fri 1 pm Tatamagouche Centre, NS
At this moment in history, the Indigenous rights movement has the potential to transform our relations to each other and to the environment.   For the past ten years, this cross cultural project has been doing just that.  Come and learn what it means to live on First Nations land, to live in Treaty relationship and become allies and co-creators of a better world.  It is an annual cross-cultural gathering – an opportunity to meet First Nation leaders and Elders from the Maritime region, experience indigenous-led programs and learn about current issues to live out our Peace and Friendship treaties. Indigenous leadership includes Cathy Martin, gkisedtanamoogk, Joe Michael, Ron Tremblay and more.  For more info: https://www.tatacentre.ca/index.php/programs/details/2283

MANDATE MAGAZINE: PROPHETS IN THE HOUSE
Current Issue: May 2015
This special edition highlights the new United Church mission theme, “Prophets in the House.”   Read about prophetic moments in our history and hear prophetic voices share a message for the church around the 1986 apology and ensuing actions e.g. Past Moderator Stan McKay, ANCC Leading Elder Lorna Standingready, Patricia June Vickers, Dr. Marie Wilson, Scott Douglas, Don Hepburn and Sunnybrook United Church, Joan Martin and Nations Uniting for starters.  Purchase copies or subscribe http://www.ucrdstore.ca/magazines/mandate

SAVE THE DATE! – PUBLIC FORUM ON HYDRAULIC FRACTURING (FRACKING)
In Vancouver and Moncton, and Livestreamed from these locations, October 30-31
Fracking is an issue virtually all over the country – this article indicates how heated the discussion is, for instance, in the NWT.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yellowknife-fracking-regulations-meeting-leaves-public-fuming-1.3115966

In peace,
(Rev.) Cecile Fausak
Reconciliation and Indigenous Justice Animator
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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