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Race Relations Canada Newsletter | April 2017                     View this email in your browser

Bernadette Arthur

Race Relations Coordinator for Canada
barthur@crcna.org
(289) 527-6345

Hi! Good to be connected with you for biblical racial reconciliation.

As many Canadians commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation, there’s an emerging group of voices that are calling for Canadians to consider this celebration of 150 years a call to remember Canada’s commitments to reconcile with Indigenous peoples. Should we heed these calls to sobriety? Should the Church be a place where reconciliation is discussed and practiced? Is reconciliation needed for just relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians? If you’ve heard these questions asked or asked them yourself, check out an article that I contributed to in a recent edition of the Christian Courier about Brenda Salter McNeil’s book Roadmap to Reconciliation. After you read it, feel free to send me your thoughts and/or reflections. I’d love to continue the conversation with you.

Speaking of reconciliation, the countdown begins! In July 2017 a small cohort of CRC young people will visit Mishkeegogamang Ojibway First Nation (Mish) for the second year of the Youth Ambassador of Reconciliation Program. This year’s cohort will have the opportunity to develop relationships and learn about a northern Ontario First Nation’s realities through serving as Junior Camp Counsellors in a week-long immersion experience at Mish Adventures Camp. When the young adults return home, they’ll have a chance to share their learnings and experience with their church community through developing a Reconciliation Action Plan. There are still limited spaces available for this year’s program, contact me for more details.

Blessings!

Bernadette Arthur

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Upcoming Events

Join us on a teleconference call to have your questions about this opportunity answered by the organizers of the Youth Ambassador of Reconciliation Program. Please RSVP via email to csybenga@crcna.org and we will send you the tele-conference details 24 hours prior to the call date.

  • Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 :: 7:00-8:00pm EST
  • Thursday, May 18th, 2017 :: 6:00-7:00pm EST

Want more information about YARP? Here’s a downloadable information package with more details.


10 May 2017: Colour-coded inequality in Canada: Mobilizing for change
(2-3 pm EST)
In this webinar, participants will learn how to promote economic equity, fairness and justice, and how our networks can mobilize locally, provincially and nationally to ensure that the different orders of government hear racial justice demands.

Michael Kerr will present Colour of Poverty-Colour of Change’s model of organizing, education and advocacy for racial justice in Ontario, as well as how to replicate and extend it into other provinces and cities.

An Idea for You to Try…

Why not download, order or borrow a copy of Rev. Brenda Salter McNeil’s book, Roadmap to Reconciliation and read it with your small group this summer? Interested in unpacking the book with an online group? Contact me for more details and support. (Bernadette Arthur, barthur@crcna.org, 289-527-6345)

Recommended Listening

The Liturgists Podcast on Advocacy

This podcast is a MUST listen for those who find themselves in dialogue with others about social justice issues. Hosts Science Mike (Mike McHargue) and Michael Gungor chat candidly with social justice advocates Christena Cleveland and Micky Scott Bey Jones about the question: “How can we engage in effective advocacy that creates change? And how can we do so without losing hope?”

A shot from our Youth Ambassador of Reconciliation trip last year. Know any youth who may want to join us in beautiful northern Ontario to learn from and work alongside the people of Mishkeegogamang? Contact me!