Hello everyone in the Living into Right Relations network,
Here is good news! Sorry this is a bit late for the workshop coming up Nov. 2 in Sioux Lookout. Please share the word in your Conferences, Presbyteries, and congregations.
RETURNING TO SPIRIT – SUPPORT TO ATTEND WORKSHOPS
coming up in Sioux Lookout, Winnipeg and Montreal.
The Returning to Spirit (RTS) program offers Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people (particularly those involved with churches who operated residential schools) an opportunity to transform the divisive stories of our shared history. Workshops are offered separately for Aboriginal people, and for non-Aboriginal people, and then everyone comes together in a Reconciliation Workshop. To learn more, see http://www.returningtospirit.org/ for video, schedule, newsletters, participant comments. More than 70 people have been supported by the United Church to attend in past years, and we are happy to be able to renew our funding policy again.
The United Church through the Committee of Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools has allocated 1) up to $5000 for the remainder of 2015 to support individual applications to attend any of the RTS workshops, 2) up to $10,000 in 2016 for up to 6 Aboriginal and 6 non-Aboriginal people; to cover any registration fee, accommodation, and/or meals for the workshop. All applicants are responsible to cover their travel costs by other means.
To apply for funding before you attend the event, simply send a copy of your completed RTS registration/application form, and a written request which clearly outlines the costs you wish to be covered, to Cecile Fausak firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 780-676-0562 with any questions. Funds will be sent directly to the organization hosting the workshop, and not to the individual. This is all on a first come, first serve basis. This is meant for people who have limited access to personal development or healing funds from their employer, band, etc.
There are currently 5 workshops scheduled. To see those events, see the website.
If any group in the United Church would consider hosting a RTS workshop in your area, you might want to apply to the Justice and Reconciliation Fund for support. For criteria and an application form, see http://www.united-church.ca/aboriginal/relationships/fund
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)