A) Before You Read
B) READ: Chapter 10
Watch as Senator Murray Sinclair (TRC Commissioner) answers the questions – Is there hope for reconciliation? and, what can I do about it? www.cbc.ca/player/play/1192717891968
In the last chapter of his book King points to two positive developments for Native people in North America. The Alaska Native Claims Settlement and The Nunavut Land Claims Settlement. He also gives tribute to the signed memorandum of agreement that created Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and the Haida Heritage Site in BC.
What impact do they have on the First Nations that inhabit these areas, and on all First Peoples in North America? In what ways is it not, as King warns on page 249, an outright victory or triumph?
The concluding statement of p. 265, “Ignorance has never been the problem. The problem is and continues to be unexamined confidence in western civilization and the unwarranted certainty of Christianity,” hits right between the eyes. What is your reaction to this statement?
How did this book influence your views?
How has it impacted what you think and feel?
How has this book influenced your idea of how far North American has come and how much further it needs to go in regards to Native and non-Native relations?
- a) What is the church’s role in improving these relations?
b) What else do you think should be done to improve relations, rights and reserves for Native people in North America?
Idle No More occurred just after this book was published. If you were to organize a protest for First Nations in Canada, what would your cause be?
Read Rev 7:9 and Rev 22:2. Cheryl Bear (Salish) said, “We need to dress rehearse eternity and the Kingdom of God [now].” How can her instruction inform what to do in mending and strengthening our Native and non-Native relationships?
If we, as Native followers of Jesus, are to emerge from our pain and absence to find our place in the Body of Christ, we need the love and help of all our brethren. Can we be seen as equal partners by the rest of the Body of Christ? Will we be allowed to develop new ways of doing church that honour God’s purposes for the creative expression of our cultures? Will new ministry partnerships and coalitions form? Will you help be a part of this wonderful process of reconciliation, restoration and release?”
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We thank you for your church, founded upon you Word, that challenges us to do more than sing and pray,
But to go out and work as though they very answer to our prayers depended on us and not upon you.
Help us to realize that humanity was created to shine like the stars and live through all eternity.
Keep us, we pray, in perfect peace.
Help us to walk together
and live together
until that day when all God’s children
Black, White, Red, Brown and Yellow – will rejoice in one common band of humanity in the reign of our Lord and of our God, we pray.
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
An additional Prayer:
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart. Amen
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace. Amen
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain into joy. Amen
May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world; so that you can do what others claim cannot be done. Amen
Pray for understanding, lament what is broken, and ask for wisdom and courage to change the systems that deny Indigenous rights—rights that are still out of reach.
Fourfold Franciscan Blessing