While Canadians generally are celebrating Canada 150, many Indigenous People are cool at best and often deeply critical of the celebration. After all, the nation created in 1867 subjected them to its imperial control and used various means to destroy the First Nations. The paper, “Perspectives on Indigenous People and Settler Folk in Northern Ontario,” recognizes this dark era between the many millennia of Indigenous life in the Western hemisphere and the recent Indigenous efforts to escape their colonial experience. The paper illuminates the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and focuses Ontario’s responses to its Calls to Action.
United Church buildings produce as much carbon dioxide as 30,000 cars. Why are so few congregations cleaning up their act?
Article: Emission Control By Mike Milne in the Observer February 2017 pg 38
Here’s some fresh global warming data that’s bound to send a chill across the United Church: the denomination’s 3,000 congregational buildings produce the equivalent of an estimated 135,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. That’s about the same as burning 63 million kilograms of coal, or driving 30,000 cars, or powering 15,000 homes for a year — and it would take a forest about the size of Quebec City to offset it.
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Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada:
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/DRIPS_en.pdf
Acknowledging the Territory in Worship :
The Moderator of The United Church of Canada has written to Prime Minister Trudeau asking him to uphold democratic rights and freedoms by defeating the following motion which has been tabled in the House of Commons February 18, 2016.
“That, given Canada and Israel share a long history of friendship as well as economic and diplomatic relations, the House reject the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which promotes the demonization and delegitimization of the State of Israel, and call upon the government to condemn any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS movement, both here at home and abroad.”
Moreover, Moderator Cantwell calls on the Canadian government to “be part of global efforts to promote a non-violent, negotiated end to the occupation and a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis.”
Download the Moderator’s letter
Can your congregation sponsor a refugee who urgently needs to be resettled in Canada?
What Is a SAH?
Who Can Be Sponsored?
Can We Sponsor a Refugee?
How Can I/We Sponsor Refugees?
What Are the Different Types of Sponsorship?
What Documentation Is Needed to Sponsor a Refugee?
What Would It Cost to Sponsor a Refugee?
How Long Will It Take for the Refugee to Arrive in Canada?
How Do We Know if the Refugee Applicant Has Been Accepted or Not after the Interview?
Who Arranges the Flights Details and Handles the Exit Permits?
Three Ways You Can Help Syrian Refugees (UCC, News, 11 sept 2015)
Funding: Trinity Refugee Fund
The Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario (MNWO) has established the “Trinity Refugee Fund” which is administered by the Conference Justice, Global Relations & Public Witness Committee. Congregations and accountable ministries are eligible to apply for grants up to $2,000.00 to help with refugee settlement.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details. The Conference of MNWO also communicates updates from General Council on the Refugee Crisis in the Conference Weekly News. To sign onto the Weekly News email@example.com or check out the Conference website http://www.mnwo.ca/
- ccrweb.ca/en/announcement-syrian-refugee-support-fund (source: The Canadian Council for Refugees)
- Cam.Pres. refugees support form (For Cam.Pres. churches who are looking to start a refugee support group, or to join forces with other refugee support groups.)