LIRR Digest – January 22, 2016

Greetings,

There is no shortage of opportunities to learn and gain new insights, and to witness to that new knowledge and understanding during this Season of Epiphany.  Read on!
There will be no digest for the next couple of weeks, as I go on a week of retreat followed by a week of vacation.  So you have time to digest what I have already sent you in January.

KAIROS ‘RECONCILIATION THROUGH EDUCATION’ CAMPAIGN: SEND AN ELECTRONIC LETTER TO YOUR MLA/MPP
In two steps, send an electronic letter to your MPP/MLA calling for implementation of Call to Action 62.1 to make teaching the history and contributions of Indigenous peoples in Canada mandatory in classrooms.
To add even more legislative punch, sign and circulate the paper petition applicable to your province or territory.

KAIROS SKILLS-BUILDING WEBINARS: Media Outreach
On January 28 – 1 pm EST, learn about advocacy through writing effective letters to the editor. Just one hour, and it’s free!   Register here.  
The next one will be about meeting with elected representatives.

 3 LENTEN WEBINARS: SPEAKING FROM THE HEART: STORIES OF HEALING
For more information and registration:  https://www.united-in-learning.com/index.php/speaking-from-the-heart
A Lenten Series: Tuesdays, 8pm – 9:30 pm EST

February 16   Something Went Wrong
February 23   Restoring Spiritual Balance
March 1            Healing One – Healing All

Preachers, church lay leaders and educators are invited to:

  • encounter the gospel through the ears and eyes of Indigenous peoples
  • value their own story and how it is intertwined with the gospel for the sake of healing from colonization

You are encouraged to join the webinar with a group. Each webinar will be recorded, so you can catch up at any point, if you happen to miss a session; or want to run the series at a different time.

Guest Presenters are:  Rev. Ray Aldred, Executive Director of Indigenous Studies Program at Vancouver School of Theology; and Dr. Patricia Vickers, teacher, artist, psychotherapist and spiritual director

MUSIC VIDEO: Please Come Home
This video would be good to use at February 14 vigils and walks for missing and murdered Indigenous women.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt9ZH1PpX1g&feature=youtu.be

THE CLAIM OF ‘CULTURAL GENOCIDE’
Payam Akhavan, former UN war crimes prosecutor, offered a controversial lecture at McGill on the claim of ‘cultural genocide’ of Canada’s Indigenous people in Canada, saying it is “more of a ‘mourning metaphor’ than an accurate legal label, more a ‘song of bereavement’ than a specific indictment under international laws.”
http://news.nationalpost.com/author/joseph-brean

OPENING THE DOORS TO DIALOGUE
Colleague Sara Stratton read the UCC 1998 Apology to Former Residential School students, their families and communities as part of the opening ceremony Saturday to launch a reconciliation project called Opening the Doors to Dialogue. The collaborative project, organized by Samuel Thomas of Six Nations, involves artists, organizations, elders and community members and residential school survivors.  It involves beading 7 doors salvaged from residential schools across Canada.  The Brantford Expositor reports on the event as well as Brant News.    For more information about the project based at the Woodlands Cultural Centre, see http://www.woodland-centre.on.ca/opening-doors-dialogue

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)
www.facebook.com/indigenousjustice

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