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Truth and Reconciliation Committee Formed

The newly-formed Truth and Reconciliation Committee (currently made up of Marilyn, Mylène, and Penni) is pleased to announce that we held our first meeting in January.

Last summer, at Canadian Yearly Meeting‘s national gathering, Quakers across Canada were challenged by Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC) to take action for “a paradigm shift, moving from colonialism to a new reality based on respect for Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights.”

They guide us specifically to
  • Educate Meeting members and attenders
  • Acknowledge traditional territories
  • Support local Indigenous communities
  • Support spiritually the Friends working on this issue
  • Report to CFSC annually

We have begun by educating ourselves and each other.  Two weeks ago we attended Walking With Our Sisters, the art installation commemorating missing and murdered Indigenous women that was hosted by Mount Saint Vincent University.  We are reading, watching and sharing educational resources, which we are excited to share with you in an upcoming newsletter.  We are also educating ourselves about how best to acknowledge the unceded traditional territory of Mi’kma’ki on which our Meeting is located.

We look forward to working with other individuals and organizations that share our purpose.  If you would like to learn more, receive our newsletter, or share your knowledge, please email hidden; JavaScript is required, or contact Annapolis Valley Monthly Meeting.

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  • Mylene DiPenta February 10, 2017, 5:05 pm

    Ellen and Claire — thanks for the kind words. Updates coming soon!

  • Ellen Helmuth February 10, 2017, 4:41 pm

    Thank you Friends. I look forward to reading your shared material and to be infected with inspiration to do likewise.

  • Claire Adamson February 10, 2017, 10:46 am

    Please send emails. Good work.

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