LIRR Digest – February 23, 2016

Hello friends,

It is truly inspiring to see all the ways that people and congregations are learning more and taking action to heal and reconcile.  Carry on bravely!

WEBINAR “SPEAKING FROM THE HEART”
Here is a link to the recording of the first program “Something went Wrong” in the Lenten Series “Speaking from the Heart: Stories of Healing”:
http://unitedchurchofcanada.adobeconnect.com/p63h53rqu1k/ Dr. Patricia Vickers inspired us to speak the truth that will set us free.
You can still register for the remaining two programs:
https://www.united-in-learning.com/index.php/speaking-from-the-heart

A Lenten Series: Tuesdays, 8pm – 9:30 pm EST
February 23 Restoring Spiritual Balance – Rev. Ray Aldred speaks of sin as “falling out of balance” and repentance as “embracing our God-given identity and accepting our responsibility in all our relationships.”
March 1    Healing One – Healing All  
  –  Patricia and Ray focus on moving toward “harmonious relationship in a shared place; the goal is proper relatedness, which is what justice is all about.”
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

KAIROS ‘EDUCATION FOR RECONCILIATION” CAMPAIGN – 30/30 CHALLENGE
Hey all you who are under 30!  Ready for a challenge?
Collect a page of signatures on the KAIROS Education for Reconciliation petition from each of 30 friends (30 pages altogether) and mail them to the KAIROS Toronto office by March 15.

Your name* will be entered in a draw to receive a $200 KAIROS voucher to support an educational justice event of your choice!

For Updates on the Campaign
On February 11, special guest was Kelly Crawford.  She is the author of the teacher’s guide for the ‘We are all Treaty People’, a kit produced by the Anishinabek Nation (Union of Ontario Indians) and launched in May, 2015.  You can review the recording here:   https://meet25953055.adobeconnect.com/thirdwindsofchange
The next update will be Tuesday, March 10.

KAIROS DISCUSSION PAPER: HUGE CHALLENGES FOR CANADA AFTER THE PARIS CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE
John Dillon does an masterful job of succinctly outlining what the Climate Agreement achieved and where it fell short, and the many challenges for Canada, including “Incorporating Climate Change and Indigenous Rights into Decisions on Resource Projects”.
Download here:   http://www.kairoscanada.org/product/huge-challenges-canada-paris-climate-conference

CANADA’S PRISONS ARE THE NEW RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS
In an extensive report, Nancy Macdonald writes in Maclean’s  that “A months-long investigation reveals that at every step, Canada’s justice system is set against Indigenous people.”
Canada’s crime rate just hit a 45-year low, but its incarceration rate has hit an all-time high. While admissions of white adults to Canadian prisons declined through the last decade, Indigenous incarceration rates were surging.  In Canada, the Indigenous incarceration rate is 10 times higher than the non-Indigenous population.
http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/canadas-prisons-are-the-new-residential-schools/

 DESIGNING THE MMIWG INQUIRY – “What We are Hearing” Reports
The Government of Canada will be hearing from a number of stakeholders in the coming months through face-to-face meetings and on-line outreach.
After each meeting, a summary of the discussion is being posted. You can read them here – the latest ones from Montreal and Iqaluit.
http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1448638260896/1448638282066

 ONTARIO PUBLIC SERVANTS TO GET MANDATORY SENSITIVITY TRAINING
We can encourage this kind of education of public servants all across Canada.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/02/17/ontario-public-servants-to-get-mandatory-sensitivity-training-on-indigenous-people-history.html

FILM SERIES AT ST.PAUL’S CENTRE in ORILLIA, ON
Kudos to Rev. Ted Reeve for organizing a series of film screenings which will examine the various dynamics of relationships between Indigenous peoples and other Canadians.
Feb. 17: Doctrine of Discovery; Feb. 24: Trick or Treaty?  March 2: Highway of Tears  March 9: Aluna
http://www.orilliapacket.com/2016/02/16/keeping-the-conversation-going

10 WINNIPEG CHURCHES PROMOTE HEALING AND RECONCILIATION – 4 TALKS AT STURGEON UC
Survivor and auther Ted Fontaine
All four talks will take place at Sturgeon Creek United Church at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22, March 14, April 25, and May 16.
http://www.metronews.ca/news/winnipeg/2016/02/22/sturgeon-creek-united-church-truth-and-reconciliation.html

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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