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I was eight or nine years old the day I just came out and asked my dad if there was something wrong with Indians. He stopped what he was doing, looked at me for a few seconds and said, “Now why on earth would you ask that question?” I explained to Dad that I noticed there were a disproportionate amount of First Nations men on the inside of prison than on the outside and wondered why that would be. My dad just looked at me and eventually responded with, “You need to be asking questions like that for the rest of your life.”read more
“Certainly, as a Christian, I feel no neccesarry affiliation with any one ideology. A healthy theology of “the fall” assures me that politics is pretty much always going to be a broken response to a broken situation—necessary, but broken…”
“…how difficult it is to settle the soul and free it from obsessive distraction (even of good things) so that it may quietly, and consciously breathe the breath of God that is prayer.”
This project is what happens when a master-craftswoman and a Christian contemplative meet in the same person….
“This is the perfect way truly to HEAR the Psalms — with scholarship and music, with mind and heart, with intelligence and emotion, with our whole unified soul!”
How would self-donating love and compassionate hospitality play out against the shoring up borders over which to lob missiles?
“Over the sad century of Canada’s relationship with Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, thuggery has been afoot… “
What we are asking of our Federal Government is for the same level of good faith and commitment that has been shown by the City of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba, which is a commitment, in principle, to the completion of Freedom Road….
“We have a huge opportunity in front of us,” said Chief Erwin Redsky reflecting on the symbolic nature of this particular struggle…
“…we all silenced to a hush as Alana’s prairie-cana voice and song captured our hearts and kept us rapt for the rest of her set.”
“Ours is an honourable and indispensable craft, and we need to take it seriously. We need to think deeply, feel deeply and avoid anything that is simplistic and cliché….”