Tuesday Word: National Aboriginal Day

We are pleased to welcome again this year Stanley Salopree for our celebration of National Aboriginal Day of Prayer this Sunday June 25th, 2017 (9:30am!).  Stanley is from the Dene Tha’ community of Meander River in Northern Alberta.  He is often down visiting is daughters and we have gotten to know each other over the past few years.  He will sing and share with us a few words.

I feel it is so important that we forge whatever means of reconciliation we can between aboriginal and non-aboriginal peoples.  The history of colonial imperialism (in the church and without) means that we ‘skipped’ some of the learning that europeans might have done when they first arrived.  What a great opportunity we have in this generation to start fresh and learn and grow as a whole people.

In my mind, the church needs to be at the forefront of any such reconciliation.  This is because of our history of residential schools, yes, but more deeply because we follow Jesus who spent his time reaching out to the excluded, changing oppressive systems, and making a way of healing.

The church in the colonial era became settled to be mainly about worship.  We must reclaim God’s call to join the divine way of life which we see so beautifully lived in the person of Jesus.

Here are some events and items to foster your reflection on this subject:

Medicine Stories – art experience on Alberta Ave

“Taken”: A newly recorded song by Alana Levandoski

There are also activities throughout the day at Victoria Park (along river valley road) tomorrow June http://aboriginaldaylive.ca/edmonton/