Settlers colonized a tiny fraction Canadian space. Elsewhere the thin population in a vast land remained largely Indigenous, though subject to outside pressures and greatly changed. Now these Indigenous people are speaking back to settler Canada as never before. Basically, they speak of a relationship with the land — with nature – and their speaking and contemporary Unitarianism have much to say to each other.
Topic: Indigenous Issues
Acclaimed Indigenous author, Richard Wagamese (1955 – 2017) did not seek to be a teacher or guru, but the honest, evocative observations he made along his own journey to become, as he says, “a spiritual bad-ass”, forged a legacy of wisdom and inspiration sought by many spiritual seekers.
Today’s guest, Rev. McFadyen, reflects on the life and words of teacher and friend, Richard Wagamese.
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Through snapshots of turning points in her life, Nan Gregory will attempt to reconstruct her journey to the Kinder Morgan Tank Farm Gates to stand up for a just and honourable Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. She’s grateful to share with you her discomfort and excitement transiting countless open questions regarding culture, history and honour, ever seeking the ideal of a moral world.
Dr. Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Bruce represents First Nations across Canada. His recent and ongoing work includes litigation involving treaty rights, the duty to consult and Aboriginal title. He also works with numerous clients across Canada to negotiate agreements based on consent and recognition of their Indigenous laws and jurisdiction.
Bruce is a proud Métis from the Red River in Manitoba.
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June 11 is designated “National Day of Healing and Reconciliation” whose aim is to “effect healing and reconciliation among all races, creeds and denominations residing in Canada.”
Did we know how wide and deep that aim is? And what does is mean to heal and reconcile? What would that look like?
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The Environment Committee is honoured to present Aline LaFlamme as guest speaker for the Earth Day service. Aline will share the Aboriginal world view with a focus on how all things in Creation are viewed and how that impacts our sense of ourselves in relation to all life forms. This results in a Bill of Responsibilities rather than a Bill of Rights.
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Karl Perrin shares his personal story of engagement with Coastal First Nations. The cumulative industrialization of the Salish Sea is at a tipping point with the planned Kinder Morgan expansion. Our climate future hangs in the balance.
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May 21 2017 - Karl Perrin - First Nations and Pipelines.mp3
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Speaker: Karl Perrin
Music by writer/activist Holly Arntzen.
Holly Arntzen is a founding member of the Artist Response Team (ART), an organization that specializes in producing music and entertainment that educates about ecology, including Voices Of Nature school music programs throughout Western Canada. She heads up The Wilds band, along with partner Kevin Wright. (www.ArtistResponseTeam.com) They are currently producing the Rock The Salish Sea! tour to seven communities around the coast, singing ocean-themed songs with large choirs of school children with the mission to inspire citizens of BC and Washington state to protect our precious inland ocean. Inspired by growing up on the shores of the Salish Sea, Holly has dedicated her musical life to singing out for nature.
March of the Spirit Bear:
Since time immemorial, rituals and wisdom have been passed down through generations of Indigenous people. This wisdom provides a vision of connection to all living things, to the spirit world and to all that has happened in the past and all that will happen in the future.