LIRR Digest: September 11, 2015

Greetings on this memory-filled day,

Although Sept. 11 holds many sad memories and images of the New York towers falling and thousands of deaths, I am also celebrating the birth of my twin granddaughters 3 years ago on this day. Their paternal great grandmother was a residential school survivor.  Bishop MacDonald reflects on the trajectory of death and of life in relationship to the Indian residential school system, but it has much to say about systemic evil and healing in general.  “In light of the truth revealed in the TRC – its pain and it hope – it is our sacred task to honor life with the very best of our prayerful thoughts.”

REGISTER NOW! FREE WEBINAR Sept. 29 7 – 8:30 pm EST  “WE ARE ALL TREATY PEOPLE”
Our presenters will explore what it means to exercise the rights and responsibilities of being party to treaties today, and in nation-to-nation relationships.
The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (1996) said “by reconciliation we mean more than just giving effect to a treaty hunting right or securing the restoration of reserve land taken unfairly or illegally in the past.  It means embracing the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship itself, a relationship of mutual trust and loyalty, as the framework for a vibrant and respectful new relationship between peoples.”
The Truth and Reconciliation Findings refer to Treaties in Calls to Action 10, 14, 18, 24, 27, 42, 45, 46iv, 57, 86, 92.  Embracing treaties is a basic tenet of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), which the TRC has recommended as a framework for reconciliation.
Our presenters will help us to consider some next steps for the church as we more fully embrace the spirit and intent of treaty relationship, and journey towards reconciliation.
You can access the registration form here:
http://edge.united-church.ca/webinars/event-registration/?ee=11
The webinar will be recorded and I will provide you with a link to the recording after Sept.29.

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION (NCTR) – COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Based out of the University of Manitoba, but with partners and affiliated organizations across the country, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is the permanent home for all statements, documents, and other materials gathered by the TRC.  As the permanent home for these records, the NCTR works with communities, survivors, and intergenerational survivors to ensure they are caring for these records in the most appropriate way.  Members of the NCTR staff will be travelling to various communities to speak with everyone to learn about your hopes and dreams for the Centre.   They have already been to Regina and Prince Albert, and will be in Whitehorse on Sept. 15 at the Council of Yukon First Nation, followed by Iqualuit on Sept. 29.  See the  poster for dates in other communities on the list in October: Kuujjwak, QC; Ekasoni, NS; Frederiction, NB; and Yellowknife, NWT.
For More information contact:  Rose Hart, Community Engagement Coordinator for NCTR
Toll free 1-855-415-4534  Email: nctr@umanitoba.ca

BISHOP MACDONALD: “CULTURAL GENOCIDE: THE JOURNEY OF INDIGENOUS HEALING”
A challenging paper on the systemic evil of the Indian residential school system was delivered by Canadian Anglican Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald at a recent international conference.  And a response by Dr. Ruben Richards. Calls have been made for an International Truth and Reconciliation Commission to address centuries of cultural genocide, perpetrated against indigenous peoples around the world. The Institute for the Healing of Memories (a UCC global partner) hosted a conference  “Healing Journeys of Indigenous Peoples” in Cape Town, South Africa.  The focus was on the trauma suffered by indigenous people and their descendants, as well as processes towards healing. This news clip includes Bishop Mark MacDonald.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_oNAiSYA8c&feature=youtu.be

6-PART ‘DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY’ SERIES IN NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER (USA)
In last week’s Digest,  I provided the links to the first 4 articles in this series. Here is part 5 “Disastrous Doctrine has papal roots” http://ncronline.org/news/peace-justice/disastrous-doctrine-had-papal-roots and Part 6 “Doctrine of Discovery: A Scandal in Plain Sight” http://ncronline.org/news/peace-justice/doctrine-discovery-scandal-plain-sight

ONTARIO FIRST NATIONS AIM TO HOLD OWN PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO MMIWG
An online fundraising campaign called Who Is She has been announced to pay for the judicial hearings that Isadore Day, the regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) in Ontario, says he hopes will prompt a Canada-wide discussion.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-first-nations-to-begin-fundraising-for-inquiry/article26268796/
You can join the campaign here: http://www.whoisshe.ca/

COVERAGE OF ‘TOXIC TOUR’, IN SOLIDARITY WITH AAMJIWNAANG FIRST NATION
Some members of London Conference joined with Aamjiwnaang First Nation near Sarnia, and St. Clair United Church on a Toxic Tour in Chemical Valley on Sept. 5.  For insight into the impact of pollution and ‘chemical colonialism’  in this region with some 60 chemical plants, see some coverage at:  http://www.nationalobserver.com/2015/09/07/news/first-nations-lead-protest-against-pollution-ontarios-chemical-valley and http://rabble.ca/news/2015/09/biggest-toxic-tour-yet-exposes-chemical-valleys-harsh-reality

TEACHING RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL HISTORY IN CLASSROOMS
A good piece on those beginning to teach about residential school history in classrooms,  as students head back to school. https://www.facebook.com/thenational/videos/10153098551697686/?fref=nf

ORANGE SHIRT DAY – SEPT.30
Get ready now to send the message “Every child matters” on September 30, remembering the children who went to residential school, and caring for indigenous children today https://www.facebook.com/orangeshirtdayeverychildmatters

In peace,
Cecile
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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