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.”
- 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.