These are exciting times as the new federal government takes action. I am dipping into the book “We Make the Road by Walking” by Brian D. McLaren. In reflecting on the story of Abram and Sara, he notes that “God tells this couple to leave their life of privilege…All they will have is a promise – that God will be with them and show them a better way. From now on, they will make a new road by walking.” May it be so, as we gain strength for the climb on the path of reconciliation up the mountain, and take up the challenge of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS MINISTER BENNETT TO IMPLEMENT UNDRIP, MMIWG INQUIRY
This article gives a good sense of the positive direction that Indigenous and Northern Affairs minister Carolyn Bennett is taking. She signalled a consultation plan to frame the inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls. The Prime Minister announced he would be meeting with the 5 National Indigenous organizations in December at the time of the release of the full TRC report.
NOVEMBER MANDATE THEME: RECONCILIATION
We are excited that the November issue of the UCC Mandate magazine is all about reconciliation. Read it for workshop and worship ideas, ‘what worked’ in congregations, book and film reviews, and thoughtful articles. If you or your congregation do not subscribe to Mandate, you can purchase copies through www.UCRDstore.ca/magazines/mandate or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
COVENANT CHAIN LINK VI – LISTEN TO GREAT SPEAKERS AND PERFORMERS
What began as a volunteer’s vision is now an annual Ottawa event in its sixth year with a dedicated and enthusiastic following that draws people from as far away Montreal and Toronto.
In response to the release of the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and its 94 Calls to Action, the theme of Covenant Chain Link VI was Walking Together–The Reconciliation Journey. Inuit, First Nations and Métis elders, speakers and performers addressed the meaning of reconciliation from their own perspective. Key note speaker and former Interim Executive Director of the TRC, Bob Watts, said reconciliation will not happen from the top down, but from the ground up, from individuals: “It will be like snowflakes that make a snow drift,” he said. Watch Watts and 14 other speakers such as Gabby Fayant, Reta Gordon, Tony Belcourt, Albert Dumont online:
FROM DOCTRINE TO DECLARATION (D2D) WORKSHOP – MORE SPEAKERS
The Centre for Global Constitutionalism – University of St Andrews held a summer workshop to discuss “Rescinding the Christian Doctrine of Discovery and Promoting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the United States”. All of the 7 panels and keynote speakers were recorded – examples below. You may have to subscribe to be able to listen to them.
Panel 1: ‘Doctrine of Christian Discovery and its Impact’ with Steven Newcomb and Robert Miller
Panel 2: ‘Decolonizing the Chalkboard’ with Darren Ranco, Gabrielle Tayac, and Rebecca Sockbeson
CANADIANS FOR A NEW PARTNERSHIP
You can join many highly respected Canadians in making the following declaration:
We the undersigned declare our resolve to build a new partnership between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples of this country – a partnership based on the principles of mutual respect, peaceful co-existence and equality; one that will be built by restoring trust and respecting Aboriginal and Treaty rights….
Add your name here: http://www.cfnp.ca/declaration/
This organization was launched in September 2014. Listen to former Governor General Michaelle Jean, former NWT Premier Steven Kakfwi and others talk about CFNP http://www.cfnp.ca/about-cfnp/videos/. To request a Speaker to share the vision of nation-to-nation relationships, and creating a better Canada, contact email@example.com. They are cohosting a conference with the National Association of Friendship Centres in Winnipeg on Nov.19-20 Indigenous Innovation Summit. To learn more and register http://www.cfnp.ca/indigenous-innovation-summit/
STRONGER TOGETHER: JOINT FIRST NATIONS-MUNCIPAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIPS TOOL KIT
Do most of us know a municipal leader or band councillor? A business person?
Why not put this tool kit on innovative collaboration into their hands, from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities?
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)