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Social worker explains the Church’s call to reconciliation with Aboriginals – The B.C. Catholic Paper
by ahnationtalk onFebruary 17, 2017133 Views
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 at UBC. “It’s continued on to the present day. We see that through legislation and policy which has been designated to terminate their culture and their rights to their lands.”
Brown spoke to 50 participants at a Feb. 11 workshop titled Colonization in Canada and the Church’s Call to Action. The event at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre was organized and planned by Brown and Deacon Rennie Nahanee, the Archdiocese of Vancouver’s First Nations coordinator.
“When I was doing my first year of my Master’s program I started getting more involved in the issue of Aboriginal people,” Brown said. “I travelled across Canada to understand the reality Aboriginal people faced. But it wasn’t until we started studying it in my class that I asked myself: What is my call as a Catholic in reconciliation?”