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First Notions #12 - Indigenous Remembrance Day

“National Indigenous Peoples Day is celebrated each year on June 21, while Aboriginal Veterans Day is commemorated on November 8. Indigenous people in Canada have reason to be proud of their wartime contributions. More than 7,000 First Nations members served in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War,... Read More

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Is This the Year for an Advent Quiet Day?

We would be hardpressed to find a time of year when many people experience more expectations, more social engagements, more targeted advertising, and well, just more, than the beginning of December. An Advent Quiet Day can be one small way to let people reorient themselves to the season, to know the blessings of... Read More

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First Notions #11 - Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a confusing time for Indigenous People and some feel ambivalent about celebrating the day. The historical stories are not always what they seem to be, and they are always told from one side, and that is from the colonizers’ perspective. Yet again, Indigenous people want to celebrate the harvest... Read More

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Reporter’s Notebook: Your Provincial Synod Play List

Sorrento Centre on the shore of Shuswap Lake was the scene for the 2018 Synod of the Ecclesiastical Province of BC and Yukon. Officers, delegates, and guests—some 60 souls—met on a few brisk days in mid-September (13-16) to conduct the business of the Province. Here follows a reporter’s notebook from that meeting,... Read More

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"Buen Camino" - Sabbatical Pilgrimage

Lord, be with us to guide us, within us to strengthen us, without us to protect us, above us to raise us, beneath us to uphold us, before us to lead us, behind us, to guard us, ever about us, this day and evermore; this day and evermore.   (written by David Adam but based on St. Patrick’s breastplate) This past... Read More

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What Bible Study Will Work in Your Parish?

Awkward silences or contentious conversations. Starting off with a group of twelve but now there’s only three or four. Many of us know these experiences with Bible studies in the parish, but they don’t have to be that way. Maybe you’re looking to start a new small group bible study or refresh and revitalize the... Read More

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First Notions #10 - Sacred Circle 2018

I was fortunate to attend the Anglican Indigenous Sacred Circle in Prince George this year and be with people from across Canada and Northern Canada.  I represented our diocese, along with Reverend Vivian Seegers from St. Clement’s, North Vancouver, her son, Shilo, and Métis Elder, Rene Inkster from Mission. I... Read More

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First Notions #9 - Imposed upon us?

I have heard a few times - not often – that some people feel that Indigenous issues are imposed upon our citizens, and what does the unceded territory of Indigenous Nations have to do with the churches anyway?  We Indigenous Peoples tend to get discouraged and disheartened by road blocks that are put in front of... Read More

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First Notions #8 - National Indigenous People's Day

National Indigenous People's Day and the Anglican Church of Canada's National Indigenous Day of Prayer is June 21, 2018. “When I fought to protect my land and my home, I was called a savage. When I neither understood nor welcomed his way of life, I was called lazy. When I tried to rule my people, I was stripped of... Read More

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First Notions #7 - Going into someone else's house

It is always interesting when one visits someone’s home for the first time. The same can be said for going into a place you don’t usually go into, such as the Aboriginal Friendship Centre at Commercial and Hastings. This did happen to the Vancouver Police Department when they had sensitivity training at the... Read More