As we approach the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, please reflect on how you can make reconciliation part of your life. We each have an incomplete understanding of how to make a change. Consider this quote from Murray Sinclair: “This is not an aboriginal problem. This is a Canadian problem. Because at the same time that aboriginal people were being demeaned in the schools and their culture and language were being taken away from them and they were being told that they were inferior, they were pagans, that they were heathens and savages and that they were unworthy of being respected — that very same message was being given to the non-aboriginal children in the public schools as well." There are many possibilities for learning a more complete version of our shared history as Christians and Canadians. Please visit https://downiewenjack.ca/our-work/reconciliactions/ for further ideas.
Michelle will be leading a book study in October around the book “21 Things You Might Not Know About the Indian Act.” She has copies available and would love to talk with you if you are curious. Time and dates TBD based on participants. Zoom is an option, as is in-person (all participants must be vaccinated, provide proof of a valid medical exemption, or present proof of negative test each session).
There will be a screening of the movie “The Secret Path” after church on Sunday October 17. This movie was produced by Gord Downie, lead singer of the Tragically Hip, who took to heart the compelling story of Chenie Wenjack. Please plan to join us, or watch the movie at https://secretpath.ca/#Home.