Many of you will remember the two art shows that Shay produced with us at Kamloops United showcasing reconciliation focused indigenous art. Our custodian Bill is the proud dad of this talented artist with a giving and socially conscientious heart. Here are the details of this exciting show:
Artist Reception: Saturday, October 03 – 2pm to 6pm at The Old Courthouse Galleries, 7 Seymour St.W.
This is a chance to meet the artist and get to know her.
All are welcome. Reserve your free ticket at a convenient time slot which will allow for plenty of space to physical distance. Reserve your ticket for the artist reception here.
In addition to the Artist Reception illumiNATIVE will be on display at 7 Seymour Street West from October 2 – 31, 2020.
The exhibition will also be available online if people are uncomfortable or unable to attend physically, or in the case of another COVID-19 shut-down.
Also don’t miss your chance to be part of a silent auction for a painting of a jingle dress dancer.
The TV series combines cinematic historical footage, CGI and interviews with historians to tell the stories of battles fought by Indigenous people across North America. It began its second season in September. Bleeding Kamloops, the episode featuring Skeetchestn Indian Band Chief Ron Ignace and wife Marianne, will air on Monday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. and again at 8 p.m.
Skeetchestn Indian Band Chief Ron Ignace will bring his voice and historical knowledge of the Secwépemc people to the airwaves later this month in an episode of Nations at War, a historical documentary series that airs on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).
The series, created and written by Tim Johnson and produced/directed by Jason Friesen, combines cinematic historical footage, CGI and interviews with historians to tell the stories of battles fought by Indigenous people across North America.
It began its second season in September.
Bleeding Kamloops, the episode featuring Ron Ignace and wife Marianne, will air on Monday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. and again at 8 p.m.
The episode begins by explaining the origin of the Secwépemc (Shuswap) people and how Kamloops came to be, long before settlers arrived.
It then addresses the time before the Fish Lake Accord, a peace treaty that ended much of the conflict between Interior Salish groups like the Syilx (Okanagan) people and the Secwépemc, who were “no strangers to war,” according to the episode.
The remainder of the episode explores post-settler conflicts — or at least some of them.
Ignace said one significant event in Secwépemc history was left out of the episode — the Fraser Canyon War of 1858, when allied Secwépemc groups assisted the Nlaka’pamux (Thompson) people.
The war, which took place during the Fraser Canyon gold rush, involved parties bent on annexation of parts of B.C. to the United States.
Ignace said the Secwépemc helped defend their homeland and worked in nation-to-nation relations to stave off the aggressive American militia groups.
“Today, had we not done that, we would be under the thumb of Donald Trump,” he said.
Ignace said that later, when the Secwépemc people went to Victoria to ask for aid during the smallpox epidemic of 1862, those in the capital refused to help, knowing the disease would ravage the Indigenous population.
“They feared our power and our strength,” Ignace said.
“If they wanted to take away our homelands, retake our homelands after we’d defended them, they needed to destroy us as a people in order to accomplish that. That is the thanks we got from saving this area of British Columbia from being annexed to the United States. And that history got hidden away — deeply.”
Ignace said while there are parts of history missing from the Bleeding Kamloops episode, it does serve as a starting point — one he hopes will prompt people to ask more questions about the history of the region.
“It’s a good start. We need people in the Kamloops area to understand the true history of this land,” he said.
The Ignaces also wrote Secwépemc People, Land, and Laws, published in 2017 by McGill-Queen’s University Press, which goes over 10,000 years of history of the Secwépemc people and how they used the land.
The Skeetchestn chief also called upon the public education system to do a better job at bringing Indigenous history to light
On September 30, people all across Canada will wear orange shirts to remember and honour Indigenous children who attended Residential Schools. Indigenous Ministries and Justice at The United Church of Canada asks you to participate in Orange Shirt Day!
Why orange? Because of Phyllis Jack Webstad from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation, who went to St. Joseph Mission Residential School. On her first day of school, Phyllis wore an orange shirt that her grandmother had given her. It was immediately taken away, and that marked the beginning of Phyllis’s long separation from her family and community, a separation caused by actions of the church and the federal government.
Orange Shirt Day is a time for us all to remember those events, their ongoing impact, and just as importantly, the continuing strength and resilience of Indigenous peoples. Former Healing Programs Coordinator Honarine Scott has written a powerful reflection on this.
The United Church’s Pacific Mountain Regional Council Office invites you to:
Meet Jean Zaru, a Quaker who has lived in Ramallah most of her life. In 2008 she wrote “Occupied with Non-Violence”. We are about to begin a 4 week discussion of her book using Zoom.
Consider comments from some of those who have just finished the book study.
“In this book Jean Zaru brings sixty years of living in occupied Palestine together with her deep Christian faith. No wonder I read it three times.”
“This book has allowed me to really understand the daily struggles of the occupation and how the Christian message is a powerful source of hope. Being able to discuss the book with a group adds further insights beyond my own.”
“I learned so much about how the lives of Palestinian people (and in particular Palestinian Christians) are impacted on a daily basis by the Israeli occupation. Jean Zaru is an inspiring example of resiliency, hope and positive activism despite living most of her life under these stifling conditions”.
And from Jean herself: “The goal of those who use violence is to fill our mental and emotional space with rage, fear, powerlessness and despair and cut us off from sources of life and hope”. At this particular time perhaps we identify with such feelings although we are continually reassured that this situation will pass.
This is your invitation to be part of the next group which will spend 4 weeks reading and discussing this book. Email Marianna firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate your interest. Once we know who is interested we will set a time that works for all. Look on-line for where you can order the book.
KUC ~ a Centre for Community and Spiritual Discovery
invites you to a two day (two Saturdays) Cedar Basket Weaving workshop September 21st and 28th from 9 am until noon, with an optional potluck lunch after the second class at KUC. Materials & instruction $70, . Please register for the basket weaving workshop at the KUC office. Space is limited. All are welcome. (Everyone. This is open to the public.)
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.
The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.
Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.
Image Credit: Mike Alexander’s “Orange Shirt Day” Bear and Cub
Please wear orange at church, as you are able, to show our support of for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. We remember how young Phyllis had her beautiful, new, orange shirt taken when she came to the residential school and never saw it again. More info?, click> Orange Shirt Monday on 30th
What a spectacular weekend at KUC with a fashion show on Friday night and an art exhibition on Saturday. Shay Paul curated both events. Fashion designers Alicia Stephens Alicias Designs from Burnaby and Ashely Nicole Michel 4 Generations Creations from Kamloops exhibited their beautiful, stunning and amazing designs on the runway. Thank you to the designers, the models and the many volunteers for a great event.
Saturday, in addition to several artists who shared their amazing art, jewelry and fabric designs, a collection of works by local highschool students was displayed. Students were asked two questions to begin: “How do you define reconciliation?” and “How do you define colonialism?”. They were then engaged in informative educational and experiential activities and asked to portray their thoughts and feelings with drawings. Enjoy a few of the images that they shared. Thank you to the students and their teachers for sharing their work with us.
How could an event like this not also include Bannock by Bill! Awesome. Thanks to Shay, and her parents Bill and Maria for sharing a weekend of many highlights with us.
Thank you also to the Reconciliation Exploration Committee (REC) and other KUC volunteers who gave such generous support and energy to this very special weekend.
Eager audience anticipation.
Maria and Bill
Curator Shay Paul
Prayer offered by Charlotte.
Alicia Stephens Designs
Alicia Stephens design
Alicia Stephens design. Shirt by Michael Alexander, Thundercloud Designs (Kamloops).
Alicia Stephens designs
Boots by Alicia Stephens
Shirt: Michael Alexander, Thundercloud Designs. Pants: Alicia Stephens Designs
Finale: Alicia Stephens designer (centre).
4 Generation Creations
Ashley Nicole Michel design
4 Generations Creations
4 Generation Creations
4 Generations Creations
4 Generations Creations
Finale: Ashley Nicole Michel designer (Center) 4 Generation Creations
Tammy (Pebbles) jewelry
By Tammy (Pebbles in Chase)
Kathryn Pernitski and Colby Gates of “Love and Legends Jewelry and Fine Art”