I hope you are all able to find yourself being in touch with the land in all its summer glory and fruitfulness, and letting it heal and teach you. I am off on vacation myself to Calgary and the BC Naskup valley for the next 2 weeks, so you will have some relief from emails from me! In the meantime, my colleagues are gearing up for General Council 42 in Cornerbrook, NFLD and I encourage you to watch what you can online. Check the website http://www.gc42.ca/ for what’s happening. Commissioner Marie Wilson and AFN Chief Berry Bellegarde will be speaking, the Aboriginal Ministries Council will be presenting on Monday, Aug. 10, and worship on Wednesday on the theme “to live with respect in creation” promises to be enriching. I am sure there will be other highlights too.
THE UCC AND THE TRC ‘CALLS TO ACTION’ RELATED TO THE CHURCHES
This document lists 14 TRC Calls to Action directed to churches and faith groups, and identifies work that has been or is being done by the United Church related to each one.
PETITION TO GARNER SUPPORT FOR TRC FINAL REPORT AND CALLS TO ACTION
Consider signing this petition to urge all levels of government to pay attention to the TRC’s Executive Summary Report.
MOTHER EARTH WATER WALKERS
I sent a request out to Ontario friends on July 17, and it is wonderful to see the support being offered to the Mother Earth Water Walkers from Ottawa to Brighton to Niagara Falls today to Walpole Island, and hopefully beyond. To see the route, go to http://www.motherearthwaterwalk.com/?page_id=2613 .
Contact Sandi Boucher (807) 285-0044 or Toll Free 1-844-282-0311 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to offer assistance and make arrangements to join the walkers.
HEALING FOR RETIRED RCMP OFFICER WHO REMOVED CHILDREN FROM HOMES TO GO TO IRS
Creating safe spaces where people can share stories and listen to each other is a profound healing ministry. This is an amazing story of grace and connection – a retired RCMP officer who felt it was wrong to remove children from their homes to go to school, the Mushkegowuk Walkers, the United Church in North Bay, ON, and the TRC in Ottawa.
CELEBRATING RESILIENCE: YOUTH LEADING CHANGE FOR RECONCILIATION
Algoma University July 31-August 2
The 4R’s Youth Movement will host a 3-day youth conference as part of the 2015 Shingwauk gathering with youth-led sessions on cross-cultural dialogue and residential school legacy and history. Keynotes from Justice Sinclair and architect Douglas Cardinal. For more info and to register, see http://shingwauk.org/srsc/node/17
ANGUS REID POLL FINDINGS: CANADIANS VALUE TRC PROCESS
Ponder the responses received when Angus Reid asked Canadians such questions as
1) Would you say the TRC has been worthwhile for Canada as a whole?
2) How closely are you following this issue?
3) Do you support or oppose [some specific] TRC recommendations?
4) Are you optimistic or pessimistic that the TRC process will result in a better situation for Canada’s Aboriginal peoples?
POPE’S APOLOGY IN BOLIVIA PROMPTS SINCLAIR AND BELLEGARDE TO CALL FOR DIRECT APOLOGY TO IRS SURVIVORS IN CANADA
PREMIERS COMMIT TO TRC ‘CALLS TO ACTION’
Along with committing to all 94 Calls to Action, Premier Davis said Manitoba will host a second national roundtable on missing and murdered aboriginal women to follow up on last winter’s event in Ottawa.
ALBERTA GOVERNMENT IMPLEMENTING UNDRIP
Premier Notley has asked her Cabinet ministers to conduct a review, including budget implications of their Ministry’s polices, programs, and legislation that may require changes based on the principles of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, working closely with indigenous leaders.
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)