Journey to Reconciliation – Week 3 – Next steps
How does healing begin?
How do we forgive? How does the aboriginal community forgive? The ultimate goal is forgiveness
How to we break the barriers so that preconceived notions are removed?
Address education and stereotyping on both sides
Continue conversations and understanding
Learn more about the United Church of Canada apology to First Nations Peoples: http://www.united-church.ca/social-action/justice-initiatives/apologies
Get to know Indigenous people
Talk as equals – bring the two communities together and learn to respect each other
No finger pointing – blame
More reading and seeking to understand the steps of healing
Field trips – for example – to Peguis Gardens
Discuss water availability on reserves
Visit the Human Rights Museum
Extend a wider invitation to different groups for dialogue
We need to continue to collaborate with St. Mary’s Rd., Oakbank, John Black, Charleswood, Clandeboye, St. Bartholomew’s Anglican, and Selkirk churches
Establish TRC advertising on each church website – contact study groups and add information into bulletins and Sunday services
Knowledge is truth.
Getting to know people one-on-one is helpful to realize that we are all the same.
Share with others who are less informed – stand up to racism.
We need accurate information regarding the issues faced by Indigenous peoples.
Aboriginal teachings/people are very generous – we need to be, too.
Indigenous culture centers around community – we could learn from that.
Stand with the Aboriginal people re: societal, environmental issues.
Attend events at Thunderbird House, U of M, Pow wows
Share Indigenous news in newsletters across churches
Tie into existing groups – eg Soup & Pie
Have elders in to share knowledge and traditions
Change attitudes by challenging beliefs
Become more familiar with the TRC summary and Calls to Action:
Truth and Reconciliation committee Calls to Action: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/truth-and-reconciliation-94-calls-to-action-1.3362258
Become familiar with the United Nations Rights of Indigenous Peoples – get copies for churches – download the document here: https://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=9&ved=0ahUKEwiV6ZOaxu_SAhUGy2MKHUgwDAYQFghFMAg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.un.org%2Fesa%2Fsocdev%2Funpfii%2Fdocuments%2FDRIPS_en.pdf&usg=AFQjCNFsAoTgiIMEVUHfEXbBn_03AJhJTg&cad=rja
Continued Learning and Understanding:
St. Mary’s Road United Church event – March 24 and 25 – play and workshop
Charleswood United Church – currently involved in Circles for Reconciliation
Bear Clan Presentation – April 11, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Windsor Park United Church
Blanket Ceremony – April 29, 2017 at Oakbank United Church
June 25, 2017 – Treaty One event at Lower Fort Garry
June – WPUC – Aboriginal Prayer Day – 7 Sacred Teachings will be shared with the children
Link to Week 1 – The Seven Sacred Teachings – http://www.windsorparkunitedchurch.com/general-news/journey-to-reconciliation-week-1-the-seven-sacred-teachings/
Link to Week 2 – Treaty as Covenant – http://www.windsorparkunitedchurch.com/general-news/journey-to-reconciliation-week-2-treaty-as-covenant/
Meegwetch! Thank you for joining us!
We look forward to continuing the Journey to Reconciliation!