Category Archives: Indigenous

Keepers of the Water Vigil 7:00 PM Jan 11

All are welcome to join us on Wednesday, January 11 at 7 PM for this moving reflective service.

 

Organized by Toronto Urban Native Ministry, the Diocese of Toronto Creation Matters committee, and the Church of the Holy Trinity, this service incorporates Indigenous and Christian traditions around the blessing of water and valuing of its role in God’s creation.

Bishop-elect Riscylla Walsh Shaw will preside.

 

Potluck Supper 5 PM followed by walk to Sisters in Spirit Vigil

Treaty People of Holy Trinity will gather for a potluck supper and time together in the west end of the church (19 Trinity Square) by the kitchen to share food before we join the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto

SISTERS IN SPIRIT VIGIL 2016.
Come join us on Tuesday, October 4th in this annual event as we raise awareness and honor the lives of murdered and missing Indigenous women.

Vigil will take place at Allan Gardens starting at 6:30pm with Aboriginal speakers and performers, painted rock installation, and a moment of silence with candle lighting to honor MMIW.

Canada and First Nations – Our Shared History – Aug 11

blanket exercise feetBefore there can be reconciliation, there must be truth. The Treaty People group is hosting a pair of Kairos Blanket Exercises on August 11. One at noon and again at 5:30pm.

The Blanket Exercise is a visceral way to hear and enter into the history of indigenous peoples and settlers in North America. It provides a starting point for doing the work the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has asked of all Canadians.

This event is aimed at all citizens and residents of Canada and those curious about the history of Canada with respect to indigenous peoples. We invite you to join us for the Kairos Blanket Exercise at noon (or 5:30pm), to be followed by an age appropriate circle and discussion. If you can’t spare more than an hour, the exercise is still worthwhile, but be aware that it is profoundly affecting and we encourage you to stay for the second hour to build relationships.

We will serve a light meal of soup and bread.

See www.kairosblanketexercise.org to get a better understanding of this experiential workshop.

Let us know you are coming by visiting our Facebook events: KBE at noon, KBE at 5:30pm.

Please feel free to print and hang our Kairos Blanket Exercise poster.

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Follow-up document: “What can I do?”

Intergenerational Blanket Exercise 2 PM Sunday, February 21

blanket exercise feetThe Treaty People group at Holy Trinity is hosting an Intergenerational Blanket Exercise on February 21 at 2pm using the KAIROS process.

The Blanket Exercise is a visceral way to hear and enter into the history of indigenous peoples and settlers in North America. It provides a starting point for doing the work the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has asked of all Canadians.

This event is aimed at people of all ages in faith communities in downtown Toronto. We invite you to join us for the Blanket Exercise at 2pm, to be followed by an age appropriate circle and discussion.
We will screen a topical film at 1pm for those who find it easier to arrive earlier.

See www.kairosblanketexercise.org to get a better understanding of this experiential workshop.

Let us know you are coming by visiting our Facebook Event.

Please feel free to print and hang our
Blanket Exercise Poster

Feb 11 7:00 PM – Victoria Freeman speaks What does it mean to say we are “treaty people” in Toronto?

JOIN Victoria Freeman and Zachary Smith

at the Church of the Holy Trinity
Trinity Square, Toronto (west of the Eaton Centre)

What does it mean to say we are “treaty people” in Toronto?

What are the treaty relationships that shape (or could/should shape) relationships between Indigenous peoples and between Indigenous peoples and newcomers in the Toronto area?

Victoria Freeman is the author of Distant Relations: How My Ancestors Colonized North America, and teaches in the History and Canadian Studies Programs at York University. Her 2010 dissertation, “‘Toronto Has No History!’ Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism and Historical Memory in Canada’s Largest City,” focused on the Indigenous and colonial history of the Greater Toronto Area. She is also a member of First Story Toronto,  based at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, and has been a long-time activist working to further decolonization and reconciliation, including through the arts.

Zachary Smith is a second year PhD student in the Department of History at the University of Toronto where he studies Indigenous political history, and treaty-making in the Great Lakes. Of Anishinaabe ancestry, he has also worked as a researcher for Chiefs of Ontario.

Thursday, February 11th at 7:00 PM
(light supper at 6:00 in the Cafe)

You are encouraged to read these articles in preparation for Thursday’s conversations.

History of a Friendship – freeman

Indigenous Hauntings – freeman

Ecumenical Working Group on Residential Schools

Reflections to Spark Conversation on Christian Theology

April 2015 It has been 45 years since the formal participation of mainline Christian churches in the Indian residential school system was dramatically reduced, and more than 25 years since survivors began confronting those in the church with the disastrous consequences of that system on themselves, their families, their communities, languages and cultures. For a long time, the churches avoided coming to terms with this history and its legacy. The subject of residential schools has been shrouded in silence and justified by a veneer of “good intentions.” It only has been relatively recently that churches have begun to reflect in deep humility on the theological assumptions and interpretations that gave rise to the churches’ complicity in this evil. This paper proposes that theological colleges, learning centres, and scholars have vital roles to play in supporting deeper theological engagement with this topic. Continue reading Ecumenical Working Group on Residential Schools

Reconciliation Actions you can take

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Lots was said and done when we received the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report in early June. Our heart garden and an Anglican Church timeline poster continue to occupy space in our church over the summer. Some community actions will be planned for the fall.

What can you do to continue your own journey of reconciliation? Read the report and particularly the call to actions that is linked above. Take yourself to events that are hosted by Aboriginal communities. This weekend, August 1 & 2 Diane and Douglas Allen (Holy Trinity members afar) will be volunteering at the Wasauksing First Nation Powwow, on the Wasauksing
traditional grounds, Depot Harbour. Grand entry at noon both days. Details can be found here. Other upcoming Pow Wows in Ontario are listed here.

You might choose to learn more with some Indigenous summer reading recommended by CBC Next Chapter host Shelagh Rogers, CBC New Fire host, Lisa Charleyboy, and graphic novelist David Robertson

There are a couple of upcoming festivals highlighting art and culture from a variety of Aboriginal nations. Beginning this weekend Planet IndigenUS  4  gives prominence to the voices, stories and cultures of Indigenous people that are largely absent from the Canadian narrative and will be hosted at Harbourfront Centre and other locations until August 9th. ImagineNative Film & Media Arts Festival will take place in the fall, October 14 to 18, but will also be screening films at Harbourfront Centre over the next two weeks.

Aboriginal Art exhibits:

Now to August 31 Aboriginal Arts & Stories: Youth art exhibit at Parliament Street library. Laying the groundwork for cultural reconciliation and community healing, these young First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists have presented interpretive pieces on Aboriginal culture and heritage through literary and visual arts for a chance to earn national recognition.

August Truth and Reconciliation: Special Exhibit on the legacy of residential schools at St. James Cathedral, 65 Church Street at King

Continue to walk on the path of reconciliation through these and other activities. Let us know what you do bbaskin@holytrinitytoronto.org