VOL 31 NO 6
Reconcilliation: Seeking understanding.
As the magazine of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the mission of Canada Lutheran is to engage the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in a dynamic dialogue in which information, inspiration and ideas are shared in a thoughtful and stimulating way.
Kindling: 2015 Bible Study Series
Stepping out in hope
As I write, I acknowledge that I am on Treaty 1 territory. I began to understand the importance of being aware of that as our feature article took shape. However I have barely begun to understand the implications of such acknowledgements.
I’ve learned that I walk in the footsteps of my forbears. They were among the first settlers to farm in southern Ontario. I’ve always been somewhat aware of Indigenous people living nearby wherever I’ve lived in Canada. Yet I’ve had little inkling of what their lives were like and no notion that we share a history of treaties to be honoured.
Learning to listen is part of the journey. As your editor, helping this feature take shape has taught me how much I still have to learn. I am used to hiring photographers and have models pose for some photos that can be used in the magazine to illustrate an article. The people who pose are often thrilled to be invited and ask for lots of copies to share with family and friends.
However, when I began to do that for this feature, I had not thought about what such an approach would mean to an Indigenous person. There is a history of using photos to give false impressions and hide or mask the truth about the reality of what Indigenous people have been experiencing. I am grateful that Rev. Murray Still, who is one of the people consulted in developing our material, helped me to understand that.
It’s just one example of the steps we need to take. There will be many more. “Trust in the Spirit’” advises Strength for Climbing.
Assumptions and consequences, p. 9, is a good companion piece to our feature. It may sharpen your resolve to think more before speaking.
Two other companion pieces to the feature worth a look are Reserve 107: Reconciliation on the Prairies, p. 22, and Bishop Elaine Sauer’s thoughts about her visit to Tatskweyak Cree Nation on Treaty 5 land, p. 27.
Have you thought about the implications of buying inexpensive products for those who produce those products? Into the Word, p. 31, engages such considerations.
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