LIRR Digest – September 18, 2015

Dear friends,

Tomorrow I will be at a meeting where we will be in conversation about a residential schools display to be part of the new Alberta Royal Museum.
Wherever you are,  you can bring attention to how indigenous history is portrayed at your local historic sites and museums.

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

We encourage you to gather in groups, for a richer discussion and learning experience.  The webinar will be recorded and I will provide you with a link to the recording after Sept.29.

PLAN NOW FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4 – SISTERS IN SPIRIT VIGILS
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC)  states: “We firmly believe that the October 4th Sisters In Spirit Vigils are a movement for social change.

The number of SIS Vigils has grown from 11 in 2006 to an impressive 216 vigils in 2014.  For more information on what you can do, visit www.october4th.ca
For worship and other resources, see “Healing Waters” from Women’s Inter-Church Council http://www.wicc.org/programs-events/december-6th-service/healing-waters/ 

You may also find it appropriate to view the webinar done in May 2015 with guests Dawn Harvard with NWAC, and April Eve Wiberg with Stolen Sisters, and  moderated by Rev. Maggie McLeod, Executive Minister, Aboriginal Ministries.
Here’s the link http://edgenetwork.adobeconnect.com/p5l1e9od8ze/

UCC SIGNS LETTER DEMANDING CLEAN WATER FOR GRASSY NARROWS
The UCC – both General Council Office and Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario have signed a statement indicating that we are “alarmed by the recently-declared state of emergency in Grassy Narrows First Nation over unsafe drinking water. Reports show that water in the community is still not safe to drink, even after boiling.  We are urging immediate action by the Federal government to repair, upgrade, and maintain Grassy Narrows’ drinking water system.  You can see the statement at:
https://docs.google.com/a/cpt.org/forms/d/1X4_VhLYSjBID6tPqkcnKENN4iASlpIrocL6lUMLvOts/viewform

WRITE TO SCHOOL PRINCIPALS ABOUT TEACHING IRS HISTORY
Please use the Parent template for a letter to school principals, encouraging them to include history of the Indian Residential Schools.  As Charlene Bearhead writes, it’s about teaching the true history of Canada. The Project of Heart resource is a free download. I believe that our churches could make a big difference by this small, encouraging action.

KAIROS REGIONAL GATHERINGS
Prairies/North Region
Christ Trinity Lutheran Church, Lethbridge, Alberta, September 25-27, 2015  The theme of the gathering is Reconciliation.

Great Lakes St. Lawrence Region
Friday, October 2 (7-9pm) and Saturday, October 3 (9am-3pm)  London ON (Calvary United Church) Reconciliation is in the Wind: A Way Forward

Atlantic Region
The Atlantic Region has decided to put their energy into a series of de-centralized smaller gatherings this year.  Watch for information on a KAIROS workshop in your area

Cambrian-Agassiz Region
September 26 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at North Kildonan United Church, 174 Pentland Street, Winnipeg, MB.  With the theme of “Reconciliation in Winnipeg”

For more details on contacts, agendas:
http://www.kairoscanada.org/get-involved/the-kairos-network/fall-regional-meetings/

KAIROS FRACKING FORUM
KAIROS’ national forum on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) will take place simultaneously in Moncton, N.B. and Vancouver, B.C. on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31, 2015.

Fracking activities have led to problems with water quality and consumption, air and water contamination, greenhouse gas emissions and induced seismic activity. Fracking projects have been initiated on the traditional territories of Indigenous peoples in New Brunswick and British Columbia without their free, prior and informed consent as required by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and section 35 of Canada’s Constitution.

The goal of the forum is to raise the profile of the social, ecological and human rights concerns of Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, and to facilitate dialogue, learning, and action regionally and nationally.

For more information and to register go to www.kairoscanada.org/fracking

You  may also wish to see the KAIROS paper “Ethical Reflections on Fracking”

http://www.kairoscanada.org/sustainability/climate-justice/ethical-reflections-on-fracking/

CONNECTING SIXTIES SCOOP, RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL LEGACY AND MMIWG
A very insightful, powerful, informative article on “what’s missing from the conversation on missing and murdered indigenous women” by Colleen Hele, Naomi Sayers, and Jessica Woods.
http://the-toast.net/2015/09/14/whats-missing-from-the-conversation-on-missing-and-murdered-indigenous-women/

MUSQUEAM TOURS
For folks in the Vancouver area, there are great opportunities to get to know Musqueam neighbours through 4 different guided tours.  Churches in the West Point Grey area are joining together for a visit to Musqueam Reserve on Sunday, Sept. 27.
http://www.musqueam.bc.ca/educational-tours

MARK THE DATES JUNE 15-18, 2015  “PATHWAYS TO RECONCILIATION” CONFERENCE
Pathways to Reconciliation will bring a cross-section of about 200 Canadians together in Winnipeg to examine work done to date and take steps towards reconciliation.  One year after the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, this gathering will explore understandings of reconciliation and ways to implement and monitor reconciliation initiatives.  The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, the Universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba, along with several other co-sponsors have already booked several well-known keynote speakers, and are calling for workshop proposals.  For more info, see
http://www.pathwaysconference.ca/home

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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