|Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin Community, Vancouver, BC -- Activities Promoting Indigenous Justice
Vikki Marie, Special to The Review, July 15, 2021
In response to the call for information on how we are implementing the Calls to Action I offer the following.
The Vancouver Catholic Worker, the parent community out of which the
Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin Community Society (OLGT) was born, has
been involved with supporting Indigenous rights since its founding in
1998. We put our sense of reconciliation and relationship in the
name of our Community. Our Lady of Guadalupe and Tonantzin both
originate in Mexico. Our name is a marriage between the sacred mother
figure of Christianity and the sacred mother figure of an Indigenous
group, the Aztecs.
We have supported our Anglican partner parish members, who have been asked to go to Kamloops.
We held book studies on indigenous issues including the Doctrine of
Discovery, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples, and currently, “Unsettling the Word.”
We encourage our members to follow our lead in donating to Indigenous led water and land defenders.
We have put our bodies and our freedom on the line with our Indigenous
relatives (I use relatives instead of brothers and sisters) to protest
pipelines that would cause irreparable harm to the local and provincial
lands,waters, lives and livelihoods of Indigenous People, including
locally, the Musqueam, Tsleil Waututh and Squamish peoples.
Provincially, together with a local Anglican parish, we give financial support to the Wet'suwet'en People.
We have participated in Kairos Blanket Exercise and before covid-19, I was part of the local KBE team.
We are a Kairos Community, focusing on Indigenous and Environmental issues.
We live and worship in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, which some
of my Indigenous friends refer to as the “largest Rez in Canada”.