Indigenous

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October 11, 2019

Mitchell Anderson reflects on how, as people of faith, we can cast a ballot for a better world where Indigenous people can flourish.

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October 8, 2019

Krista Forsberg, a 16-year-old Indigenous youth in The United Church of Canada, encourages people across the church to exercise their right to vote on election day.

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September 19, 2019

Lori Ransom writes about here experience with Banff Teaching House, where Indigenous Elders and others are renewing and expanding perspectives through land-based learning.

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September 5, 2019

Matthew Stevens writes that Acknowledgement of Territory Statements are just a beginning in the work toward Right Relations.

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September 5, 2019

According to the Indigenous Calls to the Church, our Two Spirit relatives are welcome and a valued part of our circle. This act of acknowledgment fills me with pride because it is a step towards rebuilding our whole community from the generations of ignorance and mistreatment of Two Spirit peoples. If you are just catching up, Two Spirit is a term that some Indigenous people use to self-identify their sexual orientation, gender, and or role, depending on the individual or their particular nation. It is a temporary term that is Anishnaabe based but nonetheless agreed on by a gathering of...

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September 5, 2019
Occasionally in a dream I find myself in my childhood home. My family moved there before I was born, and my parents lived in that same house until well after I had moved out and bought my first house. My memories there are good ones, and in the dreams that take me back, my parents are still living. When I wake up I am momentarily confused, but glad to have had that visit back to a remembered happy time.
 
Earlier this year, at a gathering that was part of the follow up to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, I sat next to a woman who told a very different...
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September 5, 2019

The Rev. Evan Noodin Smith writes that, "Within the church there have been very few attempts to start acknowledging Two-Spirit people."

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September 5, 2019

Quebec City, traditional territory of the Wendat people, hosted one of the last hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). This particular hearing focused on the Justice System and Indigenous women. On arrival at the National Inquiry, I was surprised to see a familiar name in the agenda. Presenting for Nishnawbe Aski Police Services was Chair of the Board, Mike Metatawabin and Terry Armstrong, Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Police Services. I knew Mr. Metatawabin because we are from the same community. They spoke about the safety issues that the...

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September 5, 2019

As a child living in my First Nation community, I used to walk to the freshwater stream with my great grandmother to bring water home because we did not have running water. In the wintertime, it was harder to get water because the stream and the community water pipe were frozen. Instead, we would get buckets of snow to melt in our homes.

Now that I live in the city, I can easily access water and I never have to worry about boil water advisories. Boil water advisories are warnings to the whole community not to drink or cook with the water unless boiled over a minute to kill harmful...

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September 5, 2019

Marking “Canada 150” in 2017 was problematic at best—stolen land and hundreds of years of oppression of Indigenous peoples are not reasons for celebration. As much as I want my son to be proud to be Canadian, I also want him to learn about and understand colonization and its impacts.