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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

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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

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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

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First Notions #2 - Status Indians

How do you refer to an Indigenous person? You are all wondering what to call us and what is the correct word to use - First Nation, Métis , Inuit, Status Indian, non-Status Indian, Treaty Indian, and there are many more names to describe us. Yes, I get confused as well, because I grew up as Indian in the fifties... Read More

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International Women's Day and May Gutteridge

After seeing many influential women being recognized on May 8, 2018, particularly in British Columbia, I couldn’t help think that May Gutteridge’s name was missing. Former Premier Mike Harcourt reflected in 2011 that: “May was a formidable woman – not the kind of woman you would say no to and, why would you?”... Read More

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First Notions #1 - Introductions

As of this writing in late February/early March, I have been at the Diocese of New Westminster for about three weeks as the interim Indigenous Justice Coordinator and I have been looking at what has been accomplished by individual churches throughout the Diocese. It is incredible and sincere. A lot of effort has... Read More

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Thoughts About Ash Wednesday

I am the editor of Topic and communications officer for the diocese. I know this for a variety of reasons.  One of the reasons is that those words are on my business cards and the printing of those cards was organized by the administrative staff of the Diocese of New Westminster. That in itself (for me at least)... Read More

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Pancake Induced Memories

Many thanks to Cliff Caprani, independent documentary filmmaker, All Saints', Ladner parishioner, enthusiastic baritone chorister, devoted spouse to Nicky, diocesan comms videographer, photographer and reporter for sharing this piece originally published on the All Saints', Ladner website. And Cliff, your memory... Read More

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Report - Indigenous Ministries Sunday

[by Cameron Gutjahr] The Sunday of this General Synod was dedicated to the Indigenous ministries of the Anglican Church of Canada. This was a long, intense, but in the end, absolutely wonderful day. So many things happened, that I fear that trying to do them all justice would end up doing them all a disservice. So... Read More

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"Indigenous Peoples Sunday" Eucharist

Today we focus on Indigenous Peoples of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Doctrine of Discovery, and the TRC. While Cameron will give you a full report later, I thought you might like to see the procession of the Eucharist, with Indigenous leaders from across Turtle Island. If you watch closely, you will see the... Read More