In the article, “Wake Up To the Aboriginal Comeback”, published in The Globe and Mail on August 9th, John Ralston Saul describes how new relationships must form among First Nations and others as aboriginal peoples continue to become stronger culturally, politically, and economically.
Host of Daybreak North, Betsy Trumpener, speaks with Mary-Ellen Kelm, the Canada Research Chair in History, Medicine, and Society at Simon Fraser University. Hear the interview in which she comments on recently released research, her many conversations with First Nations elders regarding hunger at residential schools, and her own archival research.
On August 6th, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, marked the 20th anniversary of Archbishop Michael Peers’ apology to the survivors of residential schools with this statement.
In it, Hiltz states “Then and there the apology was offered-quietly and prayerfully. The next day Vi Smith, speaking on behalf of the elders and participants, said, “It was offered from the heart with sincerity, sensitivity, compassion and humility… We offer praise and thanks to our Creator for his courage.” Here and now we give thanks to God for Michael’s leadership. Far-sighted and firm, it set our Church on a new trajectory of healing, reconciliation and new life from which we can never turn back. While Michael described the apology as “a step along the path,” it was, in fact, a huge step.”
For information on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Residential Schools see Truth and Reconciliation.
CBC reports that “the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada is heading into the federal government’s archives Tuesday to gather more of the 3.5 million documents related to residential schools.
“At first, the federal government refused to give the TRC access to all federal residential school documents, but in January, a judge ordered the government to hand over all relevant documents.
For more information on the Commission and Residential Schools see Truth and Reconciliation.
During worship on the 4th, thanks and blessings were given as Lois and Don prepare for their move that will bring them closer to part of their family. We were blessed by knowing them and having them in our church family. Their contributions to our potlucks, both the excellent food and Don’s stories, will be missed. Our pilgrimage folk are thankful to have been introduced to Lois’s eatmore bars as the tasty treats gave them the energy for that “one last hill”. When the Voices United Community Choir was mentioned, Lois said that finding a choir would be a “must”. Lois has served on the Board, been a member of the Ministry and Personnel Committee, and since 2009 been our treasurer. We are grateful that they chose to be part of our family and appreciate their involvement with us. May the move go smoothly and they be blessed with joy and contentment in their new community.
The City of Vancouver is the first municipality in Canada to proclaim June 21, 2013 to June 20, 2014 as the Year of Reconciliation. Read more . . .
Spend an afternoon with folk from the Clearwater congregation as they gather at the beach at Dutch Lake on Wednesday, June 10th about noon. Bring a lunch and sunscreen. Enjoy the opportunity to chat, swim, walk, paddle, and eat with friends in this wonderful outdoor setting.
Pastor Brian presented a $450 cheque to MaryAnn Shewchuk, a director of the North Thompson Valley Hospice House Society in late June. This was the last piece connected to the Covenanting / Installation of Rev. Brian Krushel. The decision had been made for the offering made at the Covenanting/Installation Service go to this Society because it serves both Barriere and Clearwater. We are grateful that those who had attended the service were so generous.
We were blessed with fine weather for the Pastoral Charge’s Annual Worship Service and Picnic on June 23rd. About forty folk from Vavenby to Kamloops gathered on the lawn next to the Church of St Paul. A small chamber group of two violins and a drum led the music. However, there was the added surprise of us being serenaded at different points in the service by music coming over the speakers from an event happening at the bandstand across the road. As Pastor Brian was giving the sermon, a crow decided to join in with his or her own comments. After our souls were fed during communion, our bodies feasted on hotdogs, salads, and a fine selection of desserts. Many continued visiting well into the afternoon.
This year, the Church of St Paul is hosting the Pastoral Charge’s Annual Worship Service and Picnic. It will be held at the Church of St Paul with the service beginning at 11:00 am. The hosting congregation will provide the meat, buns/bread, trimmings, and beverages. Clearwater United folk will provide salads. Everyone is invited to bring desserts and lawn chairs.
This annual gathering of the congregations has a long tradition. At one time, the gatherings were planned for places between the two communities, so there were several years where we met at the Darfield Hall and the Dunn Lake Bible Camp. There were also invitations to other churches to join us. In recent years, the two congregations have alternated hosting, with the event being at the home of a member of the host congregation.