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Media Advisory: Controversial United Church Congregation Calls on Federal Government to Honour Treaties with Indigenous Peoples

TORONTO, June 21, 2017  – On June 26 the West Hill United Church (WHUC), will launch a petition calling on the Government of Canada to honour both the spirit and the letter of the treaty relationship it has with Indigenous Peoples in Canada and challenging it to take immediate action to address inequities between Indigenous […]

by pmnationtalk on June 26, 201718 Views

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PWRDF: Mapping a future of reconciliation

It’s been almost two years since the completion of the historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and Canadians of all stripes are coming to terms with its 94 calls to action. The Anglican Church of Canada has embraced reconciliation and is directing all undesignated gifts to its Anglican Healing Fund. Besides contributing money, how do we […]

by pmnationtalk on June 19, 201717 Views

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Canadian bishops remain mum on invitation for papal apology – The Catholic Register

OTTAWA – Canada’s bishops are being tight-lipped regarding a possible papal visit in the wake of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s request that Pope Francis apologize in Canada for the Church’s role in the residential school scandal. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops will not say whether it has issued a formal invitation to the Pope […]

by ahnationtalk on June 8, 201747 Views

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Parishes, First Nations communities mourns sudden death of beloved pastor – Catholicregister.org

June 6, 2017 NORTH VANCOUVER – Parishes and First Nations communities from B.C. to Ontario are mourning the death of Fr. John Brioux, OMI, an Oblate priest with a deep spirituality and love for his flock. “He just gave it his all and he was much beloved by all the people,” said Fr. Robert Haggarty, […]

by ahnationtalk on June 7, 201726 Views

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Bishops look for healing at missing, murdered Indigenous women inquiry – The Catholic Register

The road to healing is long, but it is a destination Canada’s bishops hope can be reached by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The long-awaited public meetings into what Bishop Douglas Crosby describes as a “horror” began May 29 in Whitehorse “We have written a letter very much in […]

by ahnationtalk on June 1, 201727 Views

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Residential school survivors, leader in favour of papal apology – StarPhoenix

The Pope has a moral responsibility to apologize for the abuses children suffered at Indian residential schools run by the Catholic Church for more than 100 years, says Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN.) “They have a moral obligation. It’s their godly duty, if you want to call it that. […]

by ahnationtalk on May 30, 201729 Views

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Christ Church Cathedral launches $ 8 million-dollar fundraising campaign

MONTREAL, May 30, 2017  – For the first time in more than 125 years, Montreal’s Christ Church Cathedral is appealing to the wider community to help save its mission to the public and the building that makes that mission possible. The Major Fundraising Campaign has a goal of $8 million, to preserve the spire, interior and […]

by pmnationtalk on May 30, 201723 Views

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Prime Minister Trudeau and Pope Francis discuss reconciliation at the Vatican – CP

Source: The Canadian Press May 29, 2017 By Joanna Smith THE CANADIAN PRESS VATICAN CITY _ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Pope Francis discussed reconciliation with Canada’s indigenous peoples during a private meeting at the Vatican. In a statement, the Vatican said the pair also talked about conflicts in the Middle East, religious freedom and current ethical […]

by ahnationtalk on May 29, 201738 Views

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Canada a primary target for human trafficking, says expert – Catholic Register

Human trafficking has become a billion-dollar industry that is projected to overtake arms sales as the most lucrative illegal business in the world, said international expert Sr. Imelda Poole. “At the moment it is second but it is rapidly overtaking guns and arms and it has already overtaken drugs,” said Poole. “Many drug traffickers are […]

by ahnationtalk on May 24, 201744 Views

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New Video: Kitchi Blanket Exercise

May. 24, 2017 Please share this video with your network. Let’s all ‘show up’ on June 2, to participate in the largest Mass Blanket Exercise ever! #reconciliACTION150 Read More NT5

by pmnationtalk on May 24, 201736 Views

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Beloved Edmonton priest told, once again, it’s time to move on – CBC

But Sacred Heart church congregation vows another fight to keep Father Jim Holland May 24, 2017 Two years after Father Jim Holland’s parishioners won the battle to keep him at Sacred Heart church, they’re planning to start another fight after learning he’s being moved on. Holland has been informed by Catholic church leaders that he’s […]

by ahnationtalk on May 24, 201737 Views

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Trudeau to ask Pope to apologize over residential schools – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire May 19, 2017  OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to ask Pope Francis to issue a formal apology for the role of the Catholic Church in the residential school system. Trudeau is expected to raise the issue during a one-on-one meeting with the Pope when he visits Vatican […]

by ahnationtalk on May 19, 201764 Views

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Suggestions on residential school burial sites and Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls – CCCB

May 10, 2017 The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), in consultation with the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council and Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle, is proposing that Catholic dioceses/eparchies, parishes, missions and organizations offer assistance on two key issues which are of special importance to Indigenous People and of concern for all Canadians: 1. Identifying, […]

by pmnationtalk on May 11, 201771 Views

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Alberta judge’s faith plays its part in delivering justice – The Catholic Register

May 10, 2017 EDMONTON – As a judge at the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, Debra Yungwirth makes decisions that have serious impacts on the lives of individuals and their families. Many of the matters she hears are heart-breaking and at times her task has seemed overwhelming. But Yungwirth has an extra advocate with her […]

by ahnationtalk on May 10, 201745 Views

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KAIROS Times: May 2017 – Kairos

One Month to the Kitchi Blanket Exercise! KAIROS Blanket Exercise Youth Exchange with Guatemala expands to include Canadian tour Winds of Change blow in Manitoba Let Justice Roll: campaign update May is a month of action for mining justice “These blankets hold history” NAFTA renegotiations must be done through the lens of climate change Wi’am […]

by ahnationtalk on May 8, 201753 Views

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A discussion of religion – Queen’s University

April 18, 2017 Queen’s University Faculty of Education hosts multi-faith panel. The horrific shooting at the mosque in Montreal earlier this year touched many people around the world, including Queen’s University professor Ted Christou (Education). “The day of the shootings, the event made me think about people practicing their own religion and what an incident […]

by ahnationtalk on April 18, 201764 Views

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Catholic Missions honours Sr. Davidson for missionary work – The Catholic Register

April 7, 2017 Sr. Mary Jeanne Davidson knows first-hand the importance of trust. It is not something that comes with the job. It needs to be earned and that is often a slow process. That has been a primary driving force for her work in First Nation communities for the last 15 years. On April […]

by ahnationtalk on April 7, 201746 Views

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General Synod appoints reconciliation animator – Anglican Church of Canada

Taking another step towards healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada has appointed Ms. Melanie Delva as its reconciliation animator, effective June 1, 2017. Ms. Delva currently serves as Archivist for the Diocese of New Westminster and the Provincial Synod of B.C. and Yukon, a position she […]

by pmnationtalk on April 6, 201787 Views

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Spiritual abuse’ from residential schools had deep roots for First Nations – The Catholic Register

March 31, 2017 Blair Stonechild knows first-hand the devastating effects residential schools had on First Nations spirituality. He spent nine years at Qu’Appelle Indian Residential School in Lebret, Sask., beginning in 1956. “As a child I remember the shock of being removed from my family,” said Stonechild. “One thing that really stands out in my […]

by ahnationtalk on March 31, 201790 Views

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Sask. bishops discuss residential schools with Pope Francis – CBC

Papal visit and apology still possible in 2018 or 2019 Mar 30, 2017 Residential schools and a possible papal visit to Saskatchewan were among the topics raised during a two-and-a-half hour meeting between Pope Francis and Western Canadian bishops this week. It was the group’s first audience in more than a decade with the leader […]

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 201741 Views

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New federal budget puts Canada on track for palliative care framework – The Catholic Register

March 28, 2017 OTTAWA – With $6 billion earmarked for home and palliative care in the 2017 federal budget, Canada is on track towards making quality end-of-life care more accessible. “This is really good news,” said Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu, whose private member’s Bill C-277 calling for a national palliative care framework has passed the […]

by ahnationtalk on March 28, 201775 Views

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Halifax church changing name due to namesake’s treatment of Indigenous people – CBC

Halifax founder Edward Cornwallis ‘oppressor of our First Nations brothers and sisters,’ pastor says Mar 20, 2017 The Cornwallis Street Baptist Church will change its name because Halifax founder Edward Cornwallis was an “oppressor of our First Nations brothers and sisters,” pastor Rhonda Britton says. “We don’t know what the name of the church is […]

by ahnationtalk on March 20, 201754 Views

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Canadian religious travel to meet members of First Nations – Catholic Register

March 15, 2017 WENDAKE, Quebec – Inside the traditional Huron longhouse, faint glimmerings cast light on the attendees’ faces. Standing on a stool, Simon Perusse, dressed in his traditional costume, told of the lifestyle and values of the Huron-Wendat Nation. The wooden structure once housed several families. On the ground, small grids with plastic fish […]

by ahnationtalk on March 17, 201754 Views

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Spirited Reflection: World Day of Social Justice – Kairos

Feb. 15th, 2017 In 2017, Lutherans worldwide are commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation spearheaded by Martin Luther in 1517. With the assistance of the printing press, Martin Luther’s 95 Theses became the historical document to spark changes in the church. Luther rejected the practice of selling indulgences for as a church fundraiser. Luther […]

by ahnationtalk on February 17, 2017101 Views

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Social worker explains the Church’s call to reconciliation with Aboriginals – The B.C. Catholic Paper

17 February 2017 Some people believe colonization is a relic from Canada’s past, but Stephanie Brown says it’s still very much with us. “Colonization is the act of disconnecting aboriginal people from their land, their history, their identity, and their rights so others can benefit,” said Brown, a Catholic and a graduate studying social work […]

by ahnationtalk on February 17, 2017100 Views

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Sudbury’s Anne Germond installed as newest Bishop of Algoma – Sudbury.com

Ceremony was held in Sault on Sunday One hundred and 43 years ago, when Frederick Dawson Fauquier arrived in Sault Ste. Marie, he found himself in charge of seven clergy at nine outpost congregations. And no money to pay any of them. Fauquier was the Anglican Diocese of Algoma’s first bishop. He was responsible for […]

by pmnationtalk on February 13, 201778 Views

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MNO citizen becomes a Bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada

February 7, 2017 Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen and daughter of Honourary MNO Senator Ruth Wagner Riscylla Shaw was recently installed as a Bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada. Bishop Shaw is one of the first Métis to achieve this high position in any Christian Church in Canada. Bishop Shaw was among three […]

by pmnationtalk on February 7, 201760 Views

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The Church aiming to ‘grab hold’ of young people with youth synod – The Catholic Register

What do you want to be when you grow up? From the time we are children, adults ask this question as a way to start a conversation about the hopes and dreams of young people. In a way, that’s what the Church is doing as it begins a consultation process prior to a special Synod […]

by ahnationtalk on January 27, 201767 Views

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Anglican Church admits it ‘helped to create’ conditions for suicide crisis in Wapekeka First Nation – CBC

Jan 22, 2017 ‘Help us direct our actions in ways that will help end the crisis,’ Anglican Church asks First Nations The Anglican Church of Canada says it will continue working with First Nations in northern Ontario to confront the “legacy of brokenness” created by a pedophile priest who worked in remote communities in the […]

by ahnationtalk on January 24, 201788 Views

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Alta Swann Human Rights – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Jan 10, 2017 22:41 EDMONTON – Alberta’s Liberal leader believes it is time for the province to reopen the Alberta Human Rights Act and include more categories that need protection. A recent court decision dealing with the rights of seniors said it is illegal to discriminate against someone based on age […]

by pmnationtalk on January 11, 2017103 Views

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Father Raymond J. de Souza: Welcome to the beginning of Canada 150 – National Post

January 6, 2017 VICTORIA, B.C. – I began the New Year on the West Coast thinking about the East Coast. On Vancouver Island, which is about the size of the state of Israel, my thoughts were with the people on the island of Ramea, a tiny speck off the southern coast of Newfoundland. A massive […]

by mmnationtalk on January 6, 2017154 Views

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BR EU REL Vatican Canada Bishop – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Jan 5, 2017 CALGARY – The Calgary bishop known for his opposition to protections for L-G-B-T-Q youth says he is resigning due to ailing health. Most Reverend Fred Henry says he has an incurable type of arthritis that is also an autoimmune disease. His resignation letter to Pope Francis was […]

by ahnationtalk on January 5, 201792 Views

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National Catholic organizations form Catholic coalition to strengthen and foster relations with Indigenous people: ‘Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle’

December 19, 2016 Seven Canadian Catholic organizations have formed a coalition to strengthen and foster relations with Indigenous people. Meeting at the offices of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) in Ottawa on 5 December 2016 for its first official meeting, the members of the coalition approved the following mission statement: “Our Lady of […]

by pmnationtalk on December 19, 2016180 Views

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The United Church of Canada’s Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action

A year after The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its final report in December 2015, The United Church of Canada continues to engage with and respond to the 94 Calls to Action. (The Calls to Action can be found at www.united-church.ca/social-action/justice-initiatives/truth-and-reconciliation-commission or http://nctr.ca/reports.php.) In June 2015, the churches that are parties to the […]

by pmnationtalk on December 19, 2016140 Views

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The Canadian Religious Conference renews relations with KAIROS

MONTREAL, Dec. 15, 2016  – At its December 8 meeting in Edmonton, the Administrative Council of the Canadian Religious Conference (CRC) voted to renew its membership with KAIROS Canada. “We are happy to continue our commitment within the renewed structure of KAIROS” stated Sister Michelle Payette, MIC, President of the CRC. “Our members asked that we […]

by pmnationtalk on December 15, 2016152 Views

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Indigenous leaders, Saskatchewan bishops invite Pope to Canada – Catholic Register

December 13, 2016 OTTAWA – Pope Francis has said no to visiting Canada in 2017, but that hasn’t stopped Saskatchewan’s bishops and Indigenous leaders from planning a papal visit. The bishops, Indigenous leaders and civic authorities have invited Pope Francis to visit the province in 2018 or ’19 to offer an official apology for the […]

by ahnationtalk on December 14, 2016152 Views

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Efforts underway to bring Pope to Sask. for residential schools apology – CBC

‘We want to be a part of the healing and reconciliation process’: Regina Archbishop Don Bolen Dec 08, 2016 Wanuskewin Heritage Park could soon play host to one of the biggest events in Saskatchewan history. CBC News has learned of extensive efforts to bring Pope Francis to the area in 2018 or 2019. The centrepiece […]

by ahnationtalk on December 9, 2016172 Views

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Francis won’t be apologizing to First Nations, Canadian visit not on Pope’s 2017 calendar – The Catholic Register

December 7, 2016 OTTAWA – Pope Francis has turned down invitations to visit Canada in 2017 but has left open the possibility of a papal visit in the following two years. That means the Pope will not be present as Canada marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation, nor Montreal’s 375th Jubilee celebrations. The decision also […]

by ahnationtalk on December 7, 2016154 Views

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Trans Mountain Pipeline Decision: United Church Response

December 2, 2016 In her letter to members and communities of faith of The United Church of Canada, Moderator Jordan Cantwell expresses concern about the federal government’s decision to approve the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline: Since 2012, our crest has included the Mohawk words Akwe Nia’Tetewá:neren, meaning “All My Relations.” These words capture a […]

by pmnationtalk on December 2, 2016179 Views

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Supreme Court Hears First Indigenous Religious Freedom Claim Tomorrow

November 30, 2016 OTTAWA, ON – For the first time, the Supreme Court of Canada is set to determine the merits of an Indigenous religious freedom claim under the Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. This historic case raises serious concerns about third-party interests limiting and overriding religious freedom and the means by which […]

by pmnationtalk on December 1, 2016187 Views

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Blanket Exercise pulls covers off painful aboriginal history – Catholicregister.org

November 23, 2016 TORONTO – While playing the role of an aboriginal being stripped of her land as part of an educational exercise, Danielle Duggan found herself fighting back real tears. “It was very powerful,” said the Grade 11 student from Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School. “I asked the lady as she was removing the […]

by ahnationtalk on November 23, 2016186 Views

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Anglican-United Church Report Calls for Unity in Mission

The Anglican–United Church Dialogue has released the results of its 2012–2016 discussions in a new report. November 9, 2016 Members of the Anglican–United Church Dialogue have released their report, “Called to Unity in Mission,” the culmination of four years of discussion. The report compares the views and approaches of each church in order to spur […]

by ahnationtalk on November 9, 2016212 Views

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Winds of Change Campaign Update: Education for Reconciliation initiative picks up steam in Ontario – Kairos

Oct. 31st, 2016 Like the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples 20 years ago, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada identified education as key to reconciliation. Last November KAIROS and the Legacy of Hope Foundation launched the Education for Reconciliation (E4R) initiative as part of the KAIROS Winds of Change campaign. The E4R initiative focuses […]

by ahnationtalk on October 31, 2016214 Views

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Churches Reflect on Baseball, Mascots, Racial Stereotyping and Reconciliation

TORONTO, Oct. 14, 2016 – As the American League Championship Series gets underway The United Church of Canada and the United Church of Christ (USA) issued a joint message encouraging members of the two churches to take part in the #NotMyMascot campaign on social media. “Today, as these teams prepare to meet again in a series […]

by ahnationtalk on October 14, 2016219 Views

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Nuit Blanche exhibit brings back memories of residential schools – The Catholic Register

October 6, 2016 TORONTO – To shed light on some of the darkest moments in the history of Catholic education, students from St. Joseph’s College School unveiled their Residential Schools Memorial Wall at the annual Nuit Blanche all-night art festival. Two years in the making, the project consists of 130 talking sticks, decorated staffs used […]

by ahnationtalk on October 6, 2016250 Views

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The United Church of Canada: Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls

October 3, 2016 As we approach October 4, the day set aside to publicly remember murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls in Canada, The United Church of Canada offers the Commissioners of the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls our prayerful support in the difficult work ahead. We also reiterate […]

by pmnationtalk on October 3, 2016224 Views

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Bishops give approval in principle to new resource for protection of minors, and encourage formation of a Catholic circle for relations with Indigenous People

(CCCB – Ottawa)… On the fourth day of their Plenary Assembly, following several years of work by an Ad hoc Committee, the Bishops adopted in principle a new CCCB resource for the protection of minors. This updates and replaces their historic 1992 document, From Pain to Hope. The Bishops also encouraged a proposal to form […]

by ahnationtalk on October 3, 2016246 Views

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Living Out the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

September 13, 2016 Moderator Jordan Cantwell has written to all members of and communities of faith in The United Church of Canada encouraging their thoughts, prayer, and action in support of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Written in the context of recent events related to pipeline projects in Canada and […]

by pmnationtalk on September 14, 2016261 Views

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Missing women inquiry can’t overlook colonialism, observers say – Catholic Register

August 17, 2016 OTTAWA – The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls needs to address underlying racism and colonialism, observers say. Deacon Rennie Nahanee, who heads the First Nations ministry in the Vancouver archdiocese, said he hopes the inquiry, whose commissioners were named Aug. 3, will mirror the Truth and Reconciliation Commission […]

by pmnationtalk on August 17, 2016303 Views

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Those at the heart of the resistant movement: Report from the Indigenous women, territory and mining workshop

Aug. 11, 2016 On August 10 at the World Social Forum, KAIROS joined a panel facilitated by Fédération des femmes du Québec (FFQ) to speak about the struggles that Indigenous women face in defending their land and resources from corporate extraction. Indigenous leaders from Canada, Honduras, Peru and Colombia spoke about environmental exploitation in their […]

by pmnationtalk on August 15, 2016264 Views

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