Blog

Indigenous%20perspectives

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

Indigenous%20perspectives

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

Indigenous%20perspectives

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

Indigenous%20perspectives

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

Indigenous%20perspectives

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

Indigenous%20perspectives

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

First%20notions%20graphic%202

First Notions #6 - How We Get Lost in "Helping"

When I think about how much people want to help us as Indigenous People, I wonder sometimes if every gesture is actually necessary? This is not a slight on genuine support, or the willingness of people wanting to help by moving towards undoing some of the wrongs done to Indigenous people. During a discussion with... Read More

First%20notions%20graphic%202

First Notions #5 - Conversation with My Brother

Identity loss became a little clearer this past Easter Sunday when my brother and his wife dropped in from up north for dinner.  Our daughter and son were there as well, and we had a lot of laughter and fun as we always do whenever we get together.  However, an unexpected lesson in our history was passed on to our... Read More

First%20notions%20graphic%202

First Notions #4 - Our Language – Our Identity

There are many Indigenous peoples living in British Columbia. It is home to 203 First Nations communities and a diversity of Indigenous languages; approximately 60% of the First Nations languages of Canada are spoken in B.C.  The early predictions were that many of the Indigenous languages will disappear in ten... Read More

First%20notions%20graphic%202

First Notions #3 - Status "Roulette"

"The great aim of our legislation has been to do away with the tribal system and assimilate the Indian people in all respects with the other inhabitants of the Dominion as speedily as they are fit to change.” - John A Macdonald, 1887 Well where do I go from here with what defines an Aboriginal, Métis or Inuit... Read More