We have only a few photos but The Theatre for Living production “Home” was so important, including the feast beforehand, that we wanted to keep the memories alive because of the depth and poignancy of the play. It was an interactive play. First it ran through presenting a variety of indigenous-colonizer scenarios, and then the play repeated with volunteers from the audience standing in for characters in the scenarios. If something in each story had unfolded differently a different legacy might have been possible. What does reconciliation mean to YOU? From the program notes: “True and honourable Reconciliation cannot be an invitation for Indigenous communities to assimilate more deeply. It must and can only be a willingness from the rest of us to embark on a transformational process that makes this land a place where everyone not only has truly equal health, education and opportunity, but where Indigenous knowledge is valued in every realm. David Diamond Artistic/Managing Director Theatre for living.”
The ticket sellers Paric, Florence, Chris, Sage and Alix
Feast time. Cheryl, Cam, Marcia, Ann
Donna and Ross
Jan and Rose
Rob, Iris and Sandy
Rob and Iris
There’s our FLorence up on the stage.
Photo credit: Derm Strong
Community Meeting on Poverty in BC.
When: Wed., March 14th, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: White Buffalo Aboriginal and Metis Health Society, 517A Tranquille Rd.
On a chilly–but not too chilly–night this week at Spirit Square eight KUCers joined the walk for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and LGBTQS2. As you can see in the photos there were lots of people supporting the walk. There were several speakers, a brisk walk along Tranquille led by the drumming group, posters and signs, and hot chocolate! This event was both somber and celebrative and it was good to be there together.
Spirit Square Feb.6
Marcia, Shane,Lynda,Diane,Bruce,Chris, Alix, Sage, Marnie (not shown)
A good turnout of supporters
Poster says it.
What better day than Valentines, when we celebrate love, to join in solidarity!
Wed., Feb 14th, 5:00 pm, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s March starts in Spirit Square. Drummers and singers taking part, continues to 9 pm. Come walk in solidarity or stay for the whole evening.
(From: INFOnews.ca) KAMLOOPS – There will be a march in Kamloops to honour the Indigenous women and girls who have gone missing or been murdered in over the past 20 years.
Image Credit: BC Native Women’s Association
The march will take place at Spirit Square, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Tk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation within Secwepemcul’ecw on Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m, according to a media release.
It is being organized by social work students from Thompson Rivers University as well as members if the LGBTQ2S community and those who have had friends or family affected by systemic violence in Canada, the release states.
The goal of the event is to allow the community to have a space for grieving and healing, as well to raise awareness surrounding the issue of violence against women and transgendered Indigenous people.
Memorial walks will be taking place across Canada on or around Feb. 14.
As most of you are aware Natika Bock came to the worship service on Sunday to give a brief explanation of the Kikékyelc Housing Project which the LMO Metis association is building on Singh St. It is the local recipient of this year’s Advent Tree of Joy.
When I was speaking with Natika she asked if we would be interested in showing support of the project to the City Councillors as they are receiving push-back from the surrounding neighbourhood, and there will be a public meeting, probably in January.
Natika has asked two things: firstly, that as many people as possible attend the public meeting to show support, and secondly, that we send letters of support to city council. Towards this second ask, she has attached two templates of letters which could be used. I will ask Natika if there is a date set for the public meeting.
Since Global has chosen to support this project with this year’s Giving Tree, and the Indigenous Relations Group is actively working towards building community with indigenous people in Kamloops, it seems a natural fit that we at KUC would show our support for this project.
I am forwarding Natika’s message with the letters attached. If you wish to show your support, please fill one out and forward it to Natika. Also, forward the request to others as you wish.
Blessings of the Christmas Season, Diane
Natika Bock’s Letter:
Hi Diane, Thank you so much for supporting our housing. I have attached two templates that can be used and if folks can fill them out that would be wonderful. The option is either email them directly to me or I can come and pick up the letters. These letters will be given to the City of Kamloops, as part of a response to a recent petition opposing our housing development.
Thank you for having me on Sunday.
Respectfully and Maarsii,
Natika Bock, BSc (Hons), BEd
Indigenous Youth Housing Manager, Kikékyelc: A Place of Belonging
Links to Letter Templates:
Global and Community Action offered a Giving Tree to collect donations during the Advent Season. $3744.75 was collected! Thank you so much for your generosity!
The three recipients to share these funds raised are the following:
Local: Kikékyelc, (kee-kek-yel-c), Housing Complex – Kikékyelc: A Place of Belonging; To cover young protectively, how birds wrap wings around their young.
– A 30-unit housing complex being built on Singh St. for urban Indigenous youth aging out of care (all genders, 16 to 24), with a few units reserved for elders, in keeping with Lii Michif Otipemisiwak’s, (LMO), desire to foster intergenerational connections. More information: http://bit.ly/2AcHxtX
National: ‘Food For the North’ – From the 2017 Mission and Service ‘Gifts With Vision’ Catalogue (Pg 10). This will provide gift cards for groceries in four First Nation communities in northern Manitoba and Ontario. More information: http://bit.ly/2i0jiVC
International: The ‘Rainbow Railroad’ – A Canadian charitable organization based in Toronto, formed in 2006, helping LGBTQ folks escape state-sponsored violence in their home countries. More information: http://www.rainbowrailroad.ca