Indigenous Justice

Indigenous Justice

The Diocesan Indigenous Justice Ministries Coordinator Brander Raven Macdonald is currently on extended medical leave.

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NEWS!

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Check out the new video featuring Sechelt Councilor Garry Feschuk speaking about IRS Day Scholar issues and how that group has been missed when it comes to apologies and full participion in the process of reconciliation. Posted 6-19-2015. Here is the new website.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada - Call to Action: Read the 94 recommendations HERE. These include a number of recommendations (48, 58-61, 73-75) specific to the church

Response of the Churches to the 94 Recommendations

Diocesan Facebook Page Photo Essay Album of TRC Ecumenical Service at St. Andrew's-Wesley, May 31st, 2015.

#22days The Anglican Church of Canada marks the TRC events in Ottawa

Fascinating Article in the Globe and Mail, May 9th, 2015 - tracing the ties between BC's First Nations and Chinese workers.

Check out the Anglican Church of Canada's Indigenous Ministries Page

 

Indigenous Justice Ministry Diocese of New Westminster

Thank you for visiting the Indigenous Justice Ministry pages on the Diocese of New Westminster's website. I would be happy to answer any questions about this ministry and please also consider this page as a resource and as a place to list events.


News


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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... Read More


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KAIROS Urges Support for Bill C-262

Bill C-262 is now before the Senate. On May 30, MPs in the House of Commons voted to approve the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)Bill by a margin of 206-79. Bill C-262 sets out... 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... 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.... Read More


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Fish Farm Free Pacific Coast

Urgent Call for International Collaboration for a Fish Farm Free Pacific Coast On Thursday, May 24 from 11am to 12:30pm the Wild Fish Conservancy Northwest and Wild Salmon Defenders Alliance hosted a joint press... 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... Read More


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Gofundme Page for Northern Manitoba Church

St. John's Anglican Church in Shamattawa First Nation in northern Manitoba burned to the ground April 18, 2018. The furnace was not working properly and it caught fire and we could not save it.  The community is... Read More


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The Reconciliation Feast

In September, 2017, St. James’ Anglican Church in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver held a Reconciliation Feast to bring together parishioners and survivors of Canada’s Residential Schools who live in Vancouver. ... 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... 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... Read More


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Bishop and Métis Elder Meet for Tea in Mission

Following her Palm Sunday episcopal visitation to St. John the Baptist, Sardis, March 25, 2018, Bishop Skelton remained in the Fraser Valley but travelled over to the north side of the Fraser to visit with Métis... Read More


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First Notions #3 - Status "Roulette"

"The great aim of our legislation has been to do away with the tribal system and assimilate the Indian people in all respects with the other inhabitants of the Dominion as speedily as they are fit to change.” - John... Read More


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First Notions #2 - Status Indians

How do you refer to an Indigenous person? You are all wondering what to call us and what is the correct word to use - First Nation, Métis , Inuit, Status Indian, non-Status Indian, Treaty Indian, and there are many... Read More


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First Notions #1 - Introductions

As of this writing in late February/early March, I have been at the Diocese of New Westminster for about three weeks as the interim Indigenous Justice Coordinator and I have been looking at what has been... Read More


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February 14 - Annual Women's Memorial March

On Valentine’s Day, 2018, the Downtown Eastside community held another successful Women’s Memorial March. The March has become a much larger gathering than the first one in 1992. Many Elders, friends and community... Read More