Greetings to folks associated with Annapolis Valley Monthly Meeting:
It does take money to run a Quaker Meeting! This year we have noticed that our donations have not kept up to our expenses. We are about $1000 short for 2017. If you would like to donate, we would be happy to have a cheque made out to Annapolis Valley Monthly Meeting, or cash. You can drop these off at Meeting for Worship on any Sunday. Or, please contact our Treasurer at if you are not likely to be attending Meeting in the near future, and we will make arrangements to receive it — with many thanks!
Receipts for income tax charitable donations will be sent in February, so please make sure to include your mailing address.
We have had increased attendance this year at our Meetings for Worship and our special events. We share in the costs of using a space in Canard once per month. We continue to support Canadian Yearly Meeting, and the local Food Bank, and to invest in resources such as Friends Journal, a respected Quaker magazine. (Please let us know if you would like to borrow copies — the articles are interesting and useful for folks exploring modern Quakerism.) We support members and attenders in travelling to national and international gatherings, such as Canadian Yearly Meeting and Young Friends Gathering, Friends General Conference, and, this year, Britain Yearly Meeting. You can see a story from those travels on our Facebook page.
The Meeting thanks you for your support. If you have any questions or would like to contact us for any reason, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Carol Bradley, Clerk, and Marilyn Manzer, Treasurer
Welcome to the second edition of “Learn and Act,” the newsletter of Annapolis Valley Monthly Meeting’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee. Each quarter, we plan to share ideas about how we can learn and take action together toward true reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples. Please join us in opening ourselves to the journey of reconciliation. Any questions or suggestions? Please submit your suggestions on our Committee’s page, or the committee.
You can also download the newsletter in PDF format.
Learn: Native Protocol, by Cathy Grant Gerrior
How can good intentions go wrong, when settlers try to enter into right relationship with Indigenous people? Have you ever been in a group that tried to be supportive, yet somehow ended up with an even more strained relationship than you had before?
Cathy Grant Gerrior, a Mi’kmaq Ceremony Keeper, shared an essay with specific guidance on approaching Native Protocol:
“My hope is to create some … opportunities for discussions to happen between yourselves before you even invite a native person in. I have learned that assuming everyone is on the same page can lead to disaster and then to cultures colliding rather than collaborating.”
She goes on to share concrete ideas and approaches that non-Indigenous people can consider. For example:
Many of us do not consider ourselves Canadian so please don’t assume that we do. Canada was created through racist, violent European imperialism by the dominant society/settlers. We belong to Turtle Island and there are many different territories that are recognized by our people. I believe it is a matter of truth and respect that this be stated one way or another.
As a committee, we’ve been reflecting on this document, especially the section about not introducing ourselves by asking for something, nor expecting that an offered gift will be accepted. “Many ‘gifts’ in the past, well-intentioned or not, did much harm.” You can read the full text of her essay online.
A Powwow is coming-together of the nation-to-nation relationships that Indigenous Peoples have with each other and with Canada. Non-Indigenous Canadians have a role to play, rather than being spectators, of living into the peace and friendship to which our treaties pledge us. Meeting people, learning about the Indigenous People whose guests we are in Mi’kmaki, and engaging respectfully with Indigenous traditions … all are good reasons to attend a Powwow this summer. Why not choose one and mark it in your calendar now?
Many of the Mi’kmaq communities in Nova Scotia will have powwows this summer; wherever your summer plans take you, there is bound to be one nearby.
Note that, from August 10-13, Grand-Pré National Historic site will host Grand Pré 2017: a “celebration of peace and friendship” between the Mi’kmaq & Acadian people. This will include both Mi’kmaq and Acadian performances and cultural demonstrations, a lecture series, artisan vendor marketplace, etc. While overall this is not a traditional annual Powwow hosted by a First Nations community, the day of August 12 is set aside for powwow activities.
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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 , or contact Annapolis Valley Monthly Meeting.
What first interested you about Quakers? What do you receive from your involvement with local Quakers?
These questions came up for me in about 1990 when I moved to Wolfville. I noticed that the folks who were doing interesting and important things in the community were often also Quakers, and that drew me to attend my first meetings. I became deeply interested in the inclusive and caring approach that these folks took, and the history of Quakerism over 350 years.
I discovered Quakers weren’t too quiet: they had resisted wars, cared for displaced people, spoken to government about abuse of power – and were still doing these things locally, nationally and internationally. I found new friends, new processes and new clarity in my spiritual quest.
I became a member in 1994 and have supported Quakers with my ‘time, treasure, and talents’ since.
The Annapolis Valley Quaker meeting supports inter-church work, the Food Bank, and refugees, and plays a major role in the work of Canadian Yearly Meeting. We created a banner and hosted ‘Meet the Quakers’ at Acadia on October 2 as part of a renewed focus on outreach. We ask for your assistance in meeting our budget so we can continue our work.
Can you donate $20 this once? Every month? Every three months? $50?
Our annual budget is only $3500 but our numbers are few, and we could do more if we received more. We are less than half way to meeting that budget for 2016. We are happy to accept cash or cheques, to Co-treasurer, Penni Burrell (please contact us for mailing details or to arrange for pickup of your donation). Also you can find us on CanadaHelps which accepts credit cards and Paypal accounts.