LIRR Digest: GC 42 Thursday Morning Topics

Mid-summer greetings,

I have returned from a wonderful vacation, and am now tuning into the proceedings of General Council 42 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

Worship this morning including singing “How Great Thou Art” in Cree, covenanting around the 7 sacred teachings, and prayer in the four directions.

You can catch live and past webcasts of all plenary activities, news releases, video interviews, etc – check out www.gc42.ca for various media options.

On Thursday, about 10 am NFLD time,  attention will turn to the work of reconciliation and indigenous justice, with TRCommissioner Marie Wilson, AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde, and others speaking.

GC42 CALLS AGAIN FOR PUBLIC INQUIRY re MMIWG, TAKE PART IN OCT. 4 VIGIL
http://www.gc42.ca/news/call-government-inquiry-missing-murdered-indigenous-women-and-girls

WALK FROM NORWAY HOUSE TO PRINCE RUPERT for Claudette Osborne and All Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women.
I just learned about this walk which began July 18 and reached North Battleford, SK  on August 11.  They are following Highway 16 all the way – “the Highway of Tears”.    If you can help out with food, gas, supplies, camping fees, please go to their facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/114014765605546/
or phone Brenda Osborne…1-204-963-9017

WALKING WITH OUR SISTERS EXHIBIT
Thanks to St. George’s United Church in Comox for raising awareness about and honoring missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.  The Walking with our Sisters exhibit of over 1000 moccasin vamps is in Comox until Aug. 15.  Attend this stunning display  if you can.
http://www.stgeorgesunited.com/events/2015/8/1/bell-ringing-for-missing-and-murdered-women-saturday-august-2nd

Then it will be going to Gallery 101, in Ottawa, for September 25 – October 16, 2015.  Contacts: Heather Wiggs, Jaime Koebel & Gabrielle Fayant
http://walkingwithoursisters.ca/events/

ALVIN DIXON MEMORIAL FUND FOR ABORIGINAL EDUCATION
General Council commissioners took part in a 5k run or 2K walk and raised money for the fund for Aboriginal Education in memory of Alvin Dixon, a significant and well-loved indigenous leader in the United Church – watch the video.  http://www.gc42.ca/news/new-total-alvin-dixon-memorial-runwalk

You can donate too. https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/the-united-church-of-canada-foundation-fondation-de-legli/Alvin-Dixon-Memorial/
or http://www.unitedchurchfoundation.ca/

UN REPORT On CANADA’S HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD – A ‘WAKE-UP CALL’
There is a significant focus on indigenous peoples and rights in this UN report.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/07/23/canada-human-rights-record-2015_n_7857224.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

LEADERSHIP NEEDED TO ROOT OUT RACISM IN OUR SOCIETY
Laurene Sheilds is professor in the school of nursing and associate dean of the faculty of human and social development at the University of Victoria. She writes:
“To root out and rid ourselves and our country of racism in all forms, we must be willing to look at our institutions and policies right down to the social-studies texts we use and the stories we tell our children about our own history.  And we need to engage in dialogue, in conversation, in reconciliation with indigenous people in order that we all move forward in a society that is more inclusive and embodies the values to which we all aspire.”

See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/columnists/laurene-sheilds-social-change-requires-dialogue-leadership-1.2026364

In peace,
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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