Events:  Indigenous
 



  • If you missed Trevor Herriot’s presentation for the Michael Keenan Lecture  or would like to view it again, it is now available on STM’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1jXGUWhMvk Please feel free to share this link!

     



Truth and Reconciliation.  Following are a few suggestions to make Truth and Reconciliation part of our efforts to live justice each day.
  1. Wear an orange shirt in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to Indigenous children, their self-esteem and well-being.
  2. Visit a sacred place on the land or water and make an offering as an expression of respect and reverence as well as of your commitment to justice for Indigenous peoples in Canada.  Offer your prayer of gratitude to the Creator for the Indigenous peoples of the land.  If you can’t do this in person, visit Destination Indigenous for a place near you, or go to Wanueskewin Heritage Park, Saskatchewan. In December, 2017 the park was named to the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage Designation.
  3. Visit the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation. The NCTR was created as part of the mandate of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). It is a centre of education, of learning and dialogue where the truths of the residential school experience will be honoured and kept safe for future generations.
  4. Learn more about the Land Back movement. There can be no reconciliation without a system of land governance that respects Indigenous Rights. Learn more and watch our video series on the past, present and future of land governance in Canada.
  5. Attend an in-person event as you are able. Showing up does matter, but please follow COVID-19 protocols in your area.
  6. Support Indigenous communities is through the Indigenous Peoples Resiliency Fund or another agency that supports frontline, grassroots initiatives to better the lives of the people they serve.
  7. Wear your orange shirt year-round.  Make Truth and Reconciliation a part of your everyday awareness and action for global justice for all creation.







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The NCTR - National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation has a wealth of resources. Just a few:

NCTR Dialogues – Perspectives on Truth and Reconciliation

NCTR Dialogues - A Discussion on Treaties

More videos - https://www.youtube.com/c/NationalCentreforTruthandReconciliation












4 Indigenous education courses to help fill in your knowledge gaps
Many of these online classes are free and can be finished at your own pace

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The NCTR - National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation has a wealth of resources.  Just a few:
NCTR Dialogues – Perspectives on Truth and Reconciliation
NCTR Dialogues - A Discussion on Treaties
More videos - https://www.youtube.com/c/NationalCentreforTruthandReconciliation











Doctrine of Discovery


THE “Doctrine of Discovery, Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts” is a challenging, truthful documentary. It is meant to educate people on the Doctrine and create an awareness of its legacy. We offer this study guide in hopes that it will allow for those watching an opportunity to discuss, ask questions and reflect.

It is recommended that the video be viewed in its entirety (67 minutes) and then broken down into discussion, reflection by the chapters, one or two at a time. You may want to add prayer or think of scripture that speaks to the concerns that are raised by the documentary. We have provided some suggested passages and questions for study at the end of this guide, should scripture be part of your custom. The message is important and will give understanding to the current state of Indigenous affairs on Turtle Island or North America. Understanding the Doctrine of Discovery and its manifestations are important as we strive for reconciliation. If appropriate, open and close with prayer. Smudging may also be appropriate depending on the customs of the community.

As is our custom, we ask you to sit in a circle, or around a table and live with these guidelines:

We live and breathe in a sacred circle of trust, hope and love. In the Sacred Circle we will honour the Seven Traditional Teachings: Love, Truth, Honesty, Bravery, Wisdom, Humility and Respect. The Circle will conduct their deliberations in a circle using the Seven Guiding Principles to Create and Sustain the Circular Model of Leadership:

  • SACRED SPACE: Where spirituality is fully present, a place where the Holy Spirit guides who we are and who we are called to become. Sacred space will be created using culturally appropriate ceremony.
  • SHARED LEADERSHIP: Each person is equally valued for themselves and equally shares the power within the community. Decisions are made by consensus and all information and resources are shared. Individual talents, skills and gifts are recognized and empowered.
  • VISION: When we dream it together, then it happens. A shared vision, owned and articulated by everyone, guarantees excellence in leadership.
  • NORMS: Standards of behavior agreed upon by the group. Norms are constantly reviewed and updated.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: To the vision, to shared leadership, and to all tasks. “First among equals” means there is an elected or designated chair of the Circle who relates to other interested parties. This person(s) is empowered by the Circle to act on its behalf, honouring the consensus model of decision making.
  • PRAYER AND CEREMONY are important to sustain the spirituality of self and the Circle.
  • CREATIVITY: Comes from the Creator and resides within everyone. The Creator gives everyone the power and authority to carry out the vision. The creative arts – graphic art, writing prose/poetry, music and dance, drumming and singing, drawing, drama, and meditation are examples of creative energy that give life to the Circle.

Section 1: Opening
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Section 2: Out of the Ether
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Section 3: Not An Empty Land
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Section 4: The Indian Problem
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Section 5: Legacy Of Pain
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Section 6: Legal Fiction
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Section 7: The Métis Nation
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Section 8: Trying to Stand
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Section 9: The Good Mind
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Section 10: Repudiation
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Section 11: Spiritual Arrogance
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Section 12: We Are Seeds
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