Healing Indigenous communities – The Catholic Register

Healing Indigenous communities – The Catholic Register

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June 10, 2021

Indigenous elder and lay minister Rosella Kinoshameg reflects on the Gospel of Matthew’s parable of the treasure discovered hidden in a field as she looks to find healing and meaning in the wake of the latest trauma to hit Indigenous communities in Canada.

It’s the Scripture she felt compelled to read at a sacred fire held outside of Holy Cross Church in Wikwemkoong First Nation in the days following the discovery of the remains of 215 children buried near Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia. People held tobacco offerings up to Heaven as they prayed and extended whatever message they had to the children, their parents and loved ones. Those offerings were put into the fire as the eagle feather was used to fan the smoke of their prayers up to God.

It’s not going to heal all the pain, says Kinoshameg, but it will be a start.

“At this time our hearts are heavy so you want to remove that heaviness and cleanse your spirit so that you will be open to receive whatever message that you’ll be getting out of all this,” said Kinoshameg. “You take all that negative energy that’s been removed and you put it on that smoke and burning medicine. Then we take the eagle feather, and we send that smoke up higher. We ask that eagle who flies the highest and sees the farthest to take our prayers to the Creator. We asked the Creator to give us cleansing and renewed energy.”

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