For several years, QCHS has been developing a special relationship with a First Nation community in the far north of Ontario. The Eabametoong First Nation (Fort Hope) is a community north of Thunder Bay. To the wonder and joy of the QCHS community, this Ojibwe community has entrusted some of its teens to QCHS. Their hope is that at QCHS, these students will gain a quality education and improve their opportunities for success in further education and careers. Recognizing the difficulties youth face in their community, they wish to give them a “fighting chance.”
I remember singing the chorus of “He Holds the Whole World” over and over again at a young age as I explored the world around me
It is timely that the Christian Reformed Church at its annual Synod this year will formally discuss the so-called Doctrine of Christian Discovery (DOCD). Both the DOCD and the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Report (2015) deal with the unjust and prejudicial treatment of the First Nations peoples of North America by the European settlers.
A new version of the New Testament is underway, written by First Nations people, for First Nations people. Terry Wildman, a pastor at Northport Indian United Methodist Church in Michigan and director of Rain Ministries, initiated and is leading the project. OneBook Canada has partnered with Rain Ministries, and Wycliffe Associates is supporting this project…
Simply being a non-racist is not enough. Non-racists contribute to racism without even meaning to.
We are called, instead, to be anti-racist. That means speaking out whenever and wherever racism is met. When a joke is told, or a comment made, we must ask the speaker to please refrain from making them. We must stop racism and fight against it.
In the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee findings, Juno Award-winning Christian recording artist Steve Bell is asking for churches across Canada to bring awareness to an issue that’s been overlooked for far too long.
A spirit of hopeful anticipation filled the room when the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its final report in June. Reconciliation, the report said, is everyone’s business; this is reflected in the 94 calls for action by a wide range of actors in all aspects of Canadian life.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission spent six years listening to former students, teachers and others, while they researched thousands of documents to verify what happened to several generations of indigenous children. More than 150,000 indigenous kids in total were forcibly taken from their homes to attend residential schools designed to “take the Indian out of the child.”
In the last year two powerful novels have captivated Canadian readers. Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda and Thomas King’s The Back of the Turtle chronicle the complex relationships between Aboriginal and European-based culture.
Thousands of people, indigenous and non-indigenous alike, thronged to the conference to tell and to hear tragic stories from victims of residential schools and the ensuing intergenerational trauma. Broken accounts of abuse, rape, addiction, suicide and violence punctuated the conference, striking to the core of many of the witnesses as evidenced by tears and wails of pain and sorrow. The resilience and courage of the Indigenous people, however, epitomized the TRC.
That is what this Truth and Reconciliation process is about—truth and memory. A truth about our country that is still relatively unknown, but one that must be revealed and remembered if we are to move forward as a nation in honesty and respect.