In January, there will be a new reading and discussion group with Rev. Steven Epperson and participants
To begin to effect truth and reconciliation between settler Canada and First Nations peoples, Ryan McMahon, the Anishinaabe activist, challenged us to read and engage with our foundational laws, treaties, Acts, and official Commission reports and recommendations. “Let’s use pre-existing documents, studies, inquests, etc. that have done ALL the heavy lifting for us,” he said. “It’s not too late to look back at where we’ve been, determine what went and is wrong, and fix things on a go forward basis.”
At the Unitarian Church of Vancouver (UCV), we’re going to try and take up Mr. McMahon’s invitation.
From “Colonization to Reconciliation” is a reading and discussion group that will begin meeting in January 2019 at UCV. Together, we will read the 1876 Indian Act, the 1969 White Paper, relevant portions of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the Kelowna Accord, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Summary Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
No prior knowledge or expertise is expected (it’s a journey we’re taking together). Just a willingness to read, discuss, listen, learn and be changed.
Reading materials to be provided, with help to cover copying costs appreciated.
Details about time, dates and location forthcoming.