A) Before You Read
B) READ: Chapter 7
Do you think that Canada’s Royal Commissions have become the alternative to action as the author’s wife, Helen, puts forward in this chapter? (p. 172) If so, why?
Why is 1985 such a pivotal year in King’s mind?
Prejudice is an unjustified or incorrect attitude (usually negative) towards an individual based solely on the individual’s membership of a social group.
Discrimination is the behaviour or actions, usually negative, towards an individual or group of people, especially on the basis of gender/race/social class, etc.
In this chapter, King shares his own unfortunate run-ins with racism. How do you think these experiences have affected Thomas King? How would they affect you?
What is your response to injustices such as “Starlight Tours” and racial profiling?
What could you and your church do in your local communities to speak out or combat this?
Read John 7:24; Johns 13:34; Acts 10:34-36; Acts 17:26; Rom 2:11; 10:12-13; Phil 2:3-4; Col 3:11; James 2:4, 9
- a) What biblical principles and precepts can help us overcome our prejudices and guide us away from discrimination?
b) What do they teach us about our regard for others?
c) How can the truth in these verses inform us on this pathway of reconciliation between Native and non-Native people in Canada?
We often hear this comment, “Why don’t they just get over it and move on.”
Consider this quote:
Justice Murray Sinclair, chairperson of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, often comes across people who say, “Just get over it. Residential schools were in the past. Why don’t you move on?” His response is simply this: “It is not over. We are still in the era of residential schools, because of their lingering effects.”
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Take a moment to pray for the survivors of residential schools.
Walking in the Sacred Way: An Ojibway Prayer
Look at our brokenness.
We know that in all creation
Only the human family
Has strayed from the Sacred Way.
We know that we are the ones
Who are divided,
And we are the ones
Who must come back together
To walk in the Sacred Way.
Teach us love, compassion and honour
That we may heal the earth and heal each other.
Prayer offered at The Meaning of Life: A Multifaith Consultation, Mauritius, January 25-February 3, 1983. as cited in Towards an Intercultural Theology, 56.