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Reporter’s Notebook: Your Provincial Synod Play List

Sorrento Centre on the shore of Shuswap Lake was the scene for the 2018 Synod of the Ecclesiastical Province of BC and Yukon. Officers, delegates, and guests—some 60 souls—met on a few brisk days in mid-September (13-16) to conduct the business of the Province. Here follows a reporter’s notebook from that meeting,... Read More

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"Buen Camino" - Sabbatical Pilgrimage

Lord, be with us to guide us, within us to strengthen us, without us to protect us, above us to raise us, beneath us to uphold us, before us to lead us, behind us, to guard us, ever about us, this day and evermore; this day and evermore.   (written by David Adam but based on St. Patrick’s breastplate) This past... Read More

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What Bible Study Will Work in Your Parish?

Awkward silences or contentious conversations. Starting off with a group of twelve but now there’s only three or four. Many of us know these experiences with Bible studies in the parish, but they don’t have to be that way. Maybe you’re looking to start a new small group bible study or refresh and revitalize the... Read More

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First Notions #10 - Sacred Circle 2018

I was fortunate to attend the Anglican Indigenous Sacred Circle in Prince George this year and be with people from across Canada and Northern Canada.  I represented our diocese, along with Reverend Vivian Seegers from St. Clement’s, North Vancouver, her son, Shilo, and Métis Elder, Rene Inkster from Mission. I... Read More

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First Notions #9 - Imposed upon us?

I have heard a few times - not often – that some people feel that Indigenous issues are imposed upon our citizens, and what does the unceded territory of Indigenous Nations have to do with the churches anyway?  We Indigenous Peoples tend to get discouraged and disheartened by road blocks that are put in front of... Read More

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First Notions #8 - National Indigenous People's Day

National Indigenous People's Day and the Anglican Church of Canada's National Indigenous Day of Prayer is June 21, 2018. “When I fought to protect my land and my home, I was called a savage. When I neither understood nor welcomed his way of life, I was called lazy. When I tried to rule my people, I was stripped of... Read More

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First Notions #7 - Going into someone else's house

It is always interesting when one visits someone’s home for the first time. The same can be said for going into a place you don’t usually go into, such as the Aboriginal Friendship Centre at Commercial and Hastings. This did happen to the Vancouver Police Department when they had sensitivity training at the... Read More

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First Notions #6 - How We Get Lost in "Helping"

When I think about how much people want to help us as Indigenous People, I wonder sometimes if every gesture is actually necessary? This is not a slight on genuine support, or the willingness of people wanting to help by moving towards undoing some of the wrongs done to Indigenous people. During a discussion with... Read More

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First Notions #5 - Conversation with My Brother

Identity loss became a little clearer this past Easter Sunday when my brother and his wife dropped in from up north for dinner.  Our daughter and son were there as well, and we had a lot of laughter and fun as we always do whenever we get together.  However, an unexpected lesson in our history was passed on to our... Read More

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First Notions #4 - Our Language – Our Identity

There are many Indigenous peoples living in British Columbia. It is home to 203 First Nations communities and a diversity of Indigenous languages; approximately 60% of the First Nations languages of Canada are spoken in B.C.  The early predictions were that many of the Indigenous languages will disappear in ten... Read More