We wish to acknowledge that we are on the shared traditional territories of the Coast Salish people and acknowledge the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations… and for this we are thankful. – Vancouver Indigenous is the new terminology we embrace rather than … Continue reading
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This is the original version of Mother Teresa’s “Do it anyway” posted here written by Dr. Kent M. Keith. It is surprising to know that it was part of booklet for student leaders. Mother Teresa’s was re-written for spiritual purposes. In the real world, this is … Continue reading
When we forgive, we have to let go of our own feelings, our own ego, our own offended identity, and find our identity at a completely different level—the divine level. I even wonder if it is possible to know God at all—outside of the mystery of forgiveness. ~ Mystery of Forgiveness
The Archdiocese of Vancouver, Archbishop Miller addressed former residential school students on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission event. He acknowledged the role the Church played in “implementing the Canadian government’s policy which involved forcibly separating children from their parents.”
Distinguished members of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Venerable Elders, Survivors of the Indian Residential Schools, First Nations Brothers and Sisters, Ladies and Gentlemen:
Speaking on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, I am here with you today to acknowledge the role we played in implementing the Canadian government’s policy which involved forcibly separating children from their parents and families and placing them in Indian Residential Schools. through generations, this deeply flawed policy has led to unbearable pain and suffering.
At the five residential schools which existed within the boundaries of the Archdiocese, we were entrusted with safeguarding the children and young people under our care. However, we failed to live up to the trust placed in us. Over the century of their existence, tragic incidents of cultural, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse took place at these schools. We hold in high esteem those survivors who have had the courage to tell the truth about their harrowing experiences….
Saturday is normally the Weekly Photo Challenge. Well, this will be challenging since I don’t know what the theme is all about. I am going to post just the same to throw off some equilibrium in the blogging world. Naughty, naughty.
Pow… Pow… Wow.. Wow. Put it together. Pow Wow.
Pow Wow is a gathering of Aboriginal First Nations and non-aboriginals. It is steep with legend and tradition. We had a First Nation celebration on September 21, 2013 as part of the Reconciliation, Walk with us.
This is the dance of Metamorphosis of a Butterfly. The colourful shawl is the wings of the butterfly.
She danced to the beat of the drum. Slowly as she emerged from her cocoon.
Gradually her feet moved two slow steps. As she transformed into a butterfly, the steps criss-cross, legs started to jump and opened her wings to show her true self. A metamorphosis of beauty.
At the end of the show, we were invited to learn the dance and performed the dance with her. Okay, easy peasy.
That’s me in red shoes with my two nieces. Not showing you how I tripped when my feet got all tangled. I must say it was fun.
The day I took the children to Pau Wau will be told and retold to their siblings, cousins, friends and hopefully to their future family. The story of the First Nation will remain in history forever as we continue the dance to healing and metamorphosis to a beautiful butterfly – ad infinitum.
The gathering of Truth and Reconciliation Commission ended with the walk in solidarity with the aboriginals and non-aboriginals. Thousands braved the day in a wet, wild, and wonderful walk.
We were banging drums, singing traditional songs, wearing button blankets and hats as we marched along the Georgia Street.
The stories told were very horrific and sad about the treatment the aboriginals received from the white people especially at the residential schools. These are the survivors who came to have their stories documented for the history books.
As horrific as it was, the gathering will be the beginning of a journey toward reconciliation. Canada is stepping forward to share the pain it created. From here, we can move towards healing.
The keynote speaker for this event was Dr. Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr.
One day, you’ll be able to join hands together and say in the words of my father and it will be a truth in this nation. Free at last, free at last, and thank God almighty we are free at last.”
May the stars carry your sadness away,
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
May hope forever wipe away your tears,
And, above all, may silence make you strong.
Chief Dan George
These walks are about Reconciliation. I think it will be a gathering of all Nations to walk towards reconciliation. Reconciliation is a good thing in order to have peace and unity.It will be a very interesting day. Not only I will be with esteemed leaders such as Suzuki and the Elders, Dr. Bernice A. King, a Baptist minister and the youngest child of iconic U.S. civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will deliver the keynote address at the start of Canada’s first-ever Walk for Reconciliation. Sorry, Aid Walk Vancouver some other day. I have a better offer. Related Links: