Please help the Intercultural Network renew its work with our Conference. Co-conveners Nobuko Iwai and Brian Mitchell-Walker would like your thoughts on your own context and your wisdom on priorities for the work over the next year and a half. Whether you’re new to intercultural work or have been involved for years, your thoughts are very important. The survey will take 10-20 minutes to fill out and your responses can be confidential. Here it is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VVL63NZ
Alberta-Northwest Conference “welcomes its neighbours” to a conversation about race that is more important than ever in light of racist rallies on both sides of the border. An Awkward Conversation in the Church: Race, Discrimination and the Mission of The United Church of Canada will be held October 4-6, 2017 at the Providence Renewal Centre in Edmonton.
The Intercultural network encourages you to consider attending. If you are interested in attending, please let the Intercultural Network conveners know; contact Nobuko Iwai or Brian Mitchell-Walker, or get in touch with Julie Graham at the Conference office.
Many groups have called on the federal government to make June 21 a national holiday, so that all Canadians can celebrate and learn alongside Indigenous communities. We aren’t there yet, unfortunately (something to bring up with your Member of Parliament!). But all who are able to take some time to attend events the week of June 21st are encouraged to do so as an act of education and reconciliation.
The Office of the Treaty Commissioner has a number of events listed, many of which include local United Church participation: http://www.otc.ca/events
Saskatchewan Aboriginal Friendship Centres offer many events as well and can help direct you to local events: http://www.afcs.ca/
Join us June 1 from 2:30 onwards at Christ Lutheran Church in Regina for the Blanket Exercise, an interactive experience that explores the impact of the history between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Without knowing our shared history, we cannot come to reconciliation.
All welcome, no matter your age or identity! The church is wheelchair accessible.
This will be our SK Conference annual meeting education event.
Explore the 500 year relationship between indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples through an experiential activity and conversation.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 1:30 to 3:30pm
Queen’s House of Retreat & Renewal Centre
601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon, SK
If you are planning to attend, please contact us at email@example.com by January 26 so we can have a good estimate of participant numbers.
Optional Conversation to follow:
Theology and Culture from 3:45 – 4:45pm
Building on the Blanket Exercise and other experiences, an opportunity to reflect on how culture shapes theology as people of faith relate across cultural differences.
Blanket Exercise facilitators: Julie Graham and Dory Cook. The Blanket Exercise was
developed by the Aboriginal Rights Coalition (ARC), one of ten ecumenical coalitions the churches brought together to form KAIROS in 2001.
Sponsored by Canadian Churches Forum www.ccforum.ca
This opportunity, open to the wider public, is a part of the week long program, “Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry” www.ccforum.ca/DUIM Can’t make it to this event? To bring the Blanket Exercise to your community, contact Saskatchewan Conference Mission and Education staff Julie Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org
For a poster for this event, please click here .
Saskatchewan Conference encourages congregations, pastoral charges and presbyteries to include two acknowledgements at the beginning of their meetings/worship services.
The first acknowledgement should be regarding the traditional territories and treaty land that we are situated on. To facilitate that we have included a map to help determine your location in relationship to the Treaties Areas . For information about the language group, which will give you whose traditional territory you live on, please check out one of these links:
Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre (maps coming soon to this site)
Saskatchewan GenWeb (please scoll down to the Aboriginal – First Nations – Native section)
The other acknowledgement is around being an Affirming Conference. The following is included in the minutes of Conference Executive minutes:
And so we also acknowledge that Saskatchewan Conference is an Affirming Conference of The United Church of Canada as one that embraces diversity and strives to include and be a safe place for all people regardless of age, gender, race, culture, education, ability, economic status, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Please feel free to contact the Conference Office, at 306-721-3311 or email@example.com if you have any questions.
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