I thought things were supposed to slow down in the summer, but I am still trying to ‘catch up’ from May and June, and now I welcome a new colleague!
Sara Stratton will join the staff of the UCC Committee on Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools as Reconciliation and Indigenous Justice Animator on August 10, 2015. Sara will join me, also a Reconciliation and Indigenous Justice Animator, in working with the Committee to enable and facilitate communities of faith and courts of the church to move toward just and right relationships. Together, we will develop and animate the United Church of Canada’s public policy, advocacy and education on reconciliation guided by the apologies of 1986 and 1998, and the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Sara comes to us from KAIROS bringing extensive experience in communications, resource development and educational resourcing.
With the retirement of James Scott, General Council Officer for Residential Schools, on August 31, 2015 both Sara and I will report to Maggie McLeod, Executive Minister of the Aboriginal Ministries Council. The Committee on Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools will offer important leadership, in consultation with the Aboriginal Ministries Council, as it continues to call the church to understand and redress the impact of colonization on Canada’s Indigenous peoples and to build a relationship that reflects respect, equity and mutuality.
And now for several options for summer reading or viewing, and learning:
Executive Director Jennifer Henry offers a powerful call to not be silenced and to continue to join the cry for justice towards indigenous peoples, based on the text Luke 19: 39-40 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” Luke 19: 39-40 , KAIROS
DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY
Jennifer Henry reflects on the Doctrine of Discovery at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada’s National Convention on July 10.
The presentation begins about 1:01 into the webcast, and is about 25 minutes long. http://www.kairoscanada.org/home-page-feature-1/19163/?utm_source=Kairos+Times+2014&utm_campaign=41fe931b1e-KAIROS+Times+e-Newsletter+for+July+2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_522b217185-41fe931b1e-98815357
ELCIC repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery during the Convention in Edmonton. They also heard from Commissioner Marie Wilson and Steven Kakfwi.
LISTEN TO THE TRC REPORT ON YOUTUBE
In the hope that the TRC findings stay a living document a group of Indigenous activists have recorded themselves reading it, section by section, and created a YouTube playlist of all the videos. It’s the entire Executive Summary including the history and legacy of the schools and the 94 Calls to Action — 59 videos in all. Share them one by one in your community, or over a period of time. Or queue up your own playlist to proceed a discussion of selected sections. Whatever you do #ReadTheTRCReport. See the playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW4lQfOfl3I&list=PLxPr_RIsvg9JJWoiRx2kl2v24r_pu7JbR
VIDEO RECITING THE UN DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE (UNDRIP)
The TRC Calls to Action refer to UNDRIP 26 times, and recommends that it be used as a framework for reconciliation. So let’s learn what UNDRIP says – listen to 46 indigenous voices present a 5 minute version.
KAIROS “TIME FOR RECONCILIATION” EVENT PLAYLIST
KAIROS hosted an amazing Intergenerational event prior to and as part of the TRC Closing activities, and engaged powerful speakers. Enjoy some of the presentations from people like Algonquin Elder Albert Dumont, Jah’Kota, Gabrielle Dumont (Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award winner), residential school survivor Mike Cachagee, Commissioner Marie Wilson. See the playlist:
CBC NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY READING LIST
Good for all year! https://gallery.mailchimp.com/928324dba8f52b79a022086b9/files/NationalAboriginalDay2015readinglist_CBCBooks_1_1_.pdf
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)