Meet Our Members
Meet some of our active members here. To see all of the posted testimonials, click here.
I have been one of many at the forefront of this movement of diversity and inclusivity in the arts.
In no particular order, I am an award-winning director and actor, co-founder and long-time Artistic Director of Vancouver’s own Ruby SlippersTheatre. I am the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Bra D’Or award, a national award annually presented by the Playwrights Guild of Canada, in recognition of years of championing works by women. I am a mom. A Masters Degree in Theatre holder. A Unitarian.
There is a paradigm shift going on in the arts, and indeed within society, where inclusivity and diversity are major values of social change and justice. These are Unitarian values. I have been one of many at the forefront of this movement of diversity and inclusivity in the arts..
And thus I invite you to Advance Theatre at the Fringe this year. Every weekday 1:30 pm by donation.
Read about Diane's involvement and Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women
Kiersten is our Director of Children's and Youth Religious Exploration. At the recent (first annual) Hogwarts Summer Camp, Kiersten taught the herbology classes. Helping kids make echinacea tincture as well as exploring the various herbs and "weeds" around the congregation's grounds that can be used for salves and "potions".Kiersten was Professor of Herbology and head of Hufflepuff House. The picture of Kiersten in the hat and square glasses was when she played the part of Professor McGonagall.
This will be Kiersten's third year as director of the children's and youth program. She strives to find the Fun with Meaning and directs our children, youth, and family programs with a focus on building community, exploring what it means to be Unitarian, questioning, and developing personal relationships with stillness and wonder.
Louise has a particular interest in nature religions, wrote the Unitarian Universalist adult religious education curriculum “Paganism 101”, which is used across the denomination, and recently completed her master’s degree in “Myth, Cosmology, and the Sacred” at the University of Canterbury in the UK. She has been an active member of Unitarian Church of Vancouver since 1996. She has been a lay chaplain, on a ministerial search committee and an active member of the worship committee, among other involvements.
She and three others have recently revitalized the Earth Spirit Council (previously known as the Paganism committee) and is delighted that the group will be facilitating the Paganism 101 curriculum starting in September, 2018.
Louise works as a sculptor and painter with a busy studio on Granville Island. In her artwork, she is inspired by the processes of change and transformation, and is interested in how we, as human beings, embed ourselves in the world, and find meaning during our time here.
“The realm of the artist is the frontier between the tangible world and the intangible one.” Federico Fellini
Bruce McIvor attends UCV with his family. He will speak at the forum this Sunday along with four UCV members who have been arrested for protesting Kinder Morgan.
His previous forum was very well attended. So come early and get a good seat!
Dr. Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation, a law firm dedicated to defending and advancing Aboriginal title, Aboriginal rights and Treaty rights.
Bruce represents First Nations across Canada.
His recent and ongoing work includes litigation involving treaty rights, the duty to consult,
Aboriginal title and cross-border rights. He also works with numerous clients across Canada to negotiate agreements based on consent and recognition of their Indigenous laws and jurisdiction.
First Peoples Law: Essays on Canadian Law and Decolonization, Bruce’s collection of essays, can be
downloaded for free from our website. Bruce also regularly holds free workshops for Indigenous people
throughout Canada on current issues in Aboriginal law.
Bruce is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading practitioner of Aboriginal law in Canada. He is a proud Métis from the Red River in Manitoba. Bruce holds a law degree, a Ph.D. in Aboriginal and environmental history, and is a Fulbright Scholar.
Scroll down to download his book of essays on First Peoples Law.
Here's what his website says:
For me, advocacy is bred in the bone.
My ancestors experienced the disloyalty of the French and British, the Acadian Explusion, the conquest of New France, the dispossession at Red River and government's refusal to honour the numbered Treaties.
I was focused on working for social justice through an academic career in history until I began working in the law with Louise Mandell, Q.C. (Mandell Pinder) and Stuart Rush, Q.C. (Rush Crane Guenther) on what I expected to be a temporary basis. That was over 15 years ago. Louise and Stuart introduced me to a world of principled, high quality legal advocacy that led me back to university for a law degree.
First Peoples Law combines my passions for law, history and social justice. Most importantly, it allows me to work with other committed professionals in supporting Indigenous Peoples' ongoing struggle for respect and justice.
Click here to download your free pdf copy, order a paperback copy or do both: https://www.firstpeopleslaw.com/public-edu…/publications.php
We have a limited number of free paperback copies available for non-profit Indigenous organizations in Canada available for the cost of shipping--email us for details email@example.com
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Age of Recognition: The Significance of the Tsilhqot’in Decision
The Downside of the Tsilhqot’in Decision
Is Canada No Longer Responsible for Historical Treaties?
Provinces Burdened with Responsibility for Fulfilling Treaty Promises
What Tsilhqot’in and Grassy Narrows Mean for Treaty First Nations
The Piecemeal Infringement of Treaty Rights
A New Legal Remedy for Indigenous People
The Duty to Consult—A Second-Best Alternative
What Does the Daniels Decision Mean?
THE DUTY TO CONSULT
Provinces’ Have Every Right to Set Conditions on Pipelines
A Pipeline Too Far: How to Stop Kinder Morgan
The Inadequacy of Environmental Assessments
Environmental Assessments and the Duty to Consult
Is the Duty to Consult Clear as Mud?
The Duty to Consult—Ignore the Elephant
The Duty to Consult as an Ongoing Obligation
Breathing Life Back into the Duty to Consult
The Duty to Consult—the Groundhog Day Conundrum
Columbus’ Ghost: Past Infringements and the Duty to Consult
The Duty to Consult—A Roadblock to Direct Action
Good News for the Duty to Consult
Negotiate or Litigate?
The Duty to Consult—A Narrow Vision
How to Fulfill the Duty to Consult
Why Quebec but not Indigenous Appointments to the Supreme Court?
Canada’s Misguided Land Claims Policy
The Case for Denying Indigenous Rights
Colonialism’s Disciples: How Government Undermines Indigenous People
How the Canadian Legal System Fails Indigenous People
Indigenous Identity and Aboriginal Law: A Personal Journey
Download a free copy here: https://www.firstpeopleslaw.com/public-edu…/publications.php
I’m with kindred spirits with Unitarians
As a teenager in Vancouver in the 60’s, I babysat for a Unitarian family across the street so learned a bit about UCV and thought it would probably suit me better than the United Church my family was involved with. In 1988, recently separated with children ages 5 and 7, I consciously sought out a Unitarian community and have identified myself as a Unitarian ever since. I will be forever grateful for the children and youth programs that benefited my son and daughter as they were growing up including their truly beautiful and unique “Bridging Ceremonies.”
Interested in Labyrinths and SoulCollage(R)
I’ve been interested in labyrinths for a long time. I've visited and walked a number of labyrinths in North America including the beautiful San Francisco Grace Cathedral. I find that labyrinth walking is a great addition to my spiritual practice,I was "dedicated" in the Unitarian Church although my Mom insists that ‘back in the day’ it was called a Christening. My mother and grandmother were raised as Unitarians, but since my Dad was in the Air Force I lived in several different areas as a child including Germany and Quebec and was not introduced to Unitarianism until I went to a fellowship on occasion with my Mom in Chilliwack where she currently lives.My grandmother (Amma) was a founding member of the Fraser Valley Fellowship. My mother and I have attended the Unitarian church in Vancouver every so often over the years when she has come to see me in Burnaby where I’ve been living with my husband Michael. .I recently returned to the Unitarian Church where I’ve been attending services as well as participating in the GLAD program (Gathering for Labyrinths, Art and Dance) and taking the Paganism 101 course with Louise Bunn and other members of the Earth Spirit Council. .I'm also a licensed SoulCollage® (An intuitive collage process for self-discovery and community) facilitator trained by the originator, Seena Frost. I'm interested in sharing with a group of like-minded individuals via the GLAD program. Please check out SoulCollage.com for more information and/or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 604-520-3800 if you'd like to be part of a group.