We Are Learning

Saturday, September 9
9:30am – 7pm

The Indigenous peoples of Canada possess a rich heritage of traditions and customs, which have often been repressed. Sadly, the Church has often participated in this repression–leaving many Aboriginal people disconnected from their roots, and many non-Aboriginal people ignorant of how much these traditions bring to our common life. Recently, the report by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission has brought new attention to this sad state of affairs and has emphasized the importance of educating Canadians about Indigenous ways.

To help with this, Good Shepherd Church is partnering with Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa to organize a day-long event which will help us grow in understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture. Our Chi chiskutimaasunaanaau: We Are Learning event will spend the morning introducing participants to traditional First Nations practices such as sacred fire, tobacco teachings, drumming and more. This portion of the day will be led by First Nations elders, who will also share with us how they work to integrate their traditional ways with their Christian faith. The afternoon will include a presentation on the Indian Residential School system and its ongoing legacy.

The event will take place “On the Land” in Fitzroy Harbour, to emphasize the connection between Indigenous traditions and the land. Lunch and supper will be provided.

Participants must register by August 31, 2017. Cost of registration is $10 per person. The address will be provided upon registration, and participants must arrange their own transportation. Those with special dietary restrictions or mobility concerns should contact us for more information on how we can best accommodate your needs.

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite, by clicking here.

Funding for this event has been provided in part by the Healing and Reconciliation Fund of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa.

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