The Executive Committee of Senate is pleased to announce the 2018 Victoria University Honorary Degree recipients. At the May 10th, 2018 Emmanuel Convocation, Victoria University will confer honorary degrees upon Dr. Cassim Degani, and The Very Reverend Stanley John McKay. Professor Emeritus Linda Hutcheon will receive an honorary degree on October 10th, at the Charter Day Convocation.
The Very Reverend Stanley John McKay is the first Aboriginal person to lead the United Church of Canada, serving as moderator from 1992 to 1994, where he played a key role in working towards reconciliation. Reverend McKay coordinated the developments of the United Church’s national consultation process for the National Native Council, 1982-1987. During that time, he successfully advocated for the Church’s apology for its role in the cultural oppression of First Nations peoples. Reverend McKay is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including a National Aboriginal Achievement Award. Victoria University will confer the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Sacred Letters, honoris causa, upon The Very Reverend Stanley John McKay.
Nestled in the heart of McGill University’s dynamic downtown campus in the vibrant city of Montréal, Québec, the United Theological College is looking for an individual who will help it achieve its next step on the path to sustainable growth.
In November, 2017,I received an outreach email from the Choir at Knox United in Calgary. They wanted the correct pronunciation of the Dakota words “Many and Great” from Voices United Hymn Book. I embarked on a journey of Song. Being a Nakoda from Morley I was not able to readily translate and pronounce Dakota words and sought help from my Friend, Isaiah Brokenleg, an Episcopal Student Minister from South Dakota. I was able to connect with Isaiah and, along with my brother and sister, all of us in training for ministry, we in turn taught the correct words to the Choir at Knox United Calgary for their Advent Communion.
Brief History of Many and Great a Dakota Hymn in Voices United
This song comes from the Dakota warriors who were hung because of a war that was started as the people were starving; the hanging is also commemorated as the Dakota 38. We shared insight and the words as well as the singing of the Dakota Hymn to the Knox Choir, who learned quickly.
This was a reconciled song by the warriors. As they went to their execution they shook hands and forgave all the military on site and sang this song before they were hung. It is a solemn and emotional remembrance for Indigenous people.
While I could not attend Knox United for the Advent Communion, as I was serving at Maskwacis for my own communion and service, I did receive the MP3 of the communion at Knox United, Calgary. I am happy for the outreach and the teachings shared on this reconciliation Hymn.
A song for our Path Forward in the United Church of Canada
Our path is now revealed through Song and the Oral Tradition. Like the Hebrews of old our Indigenous people have a Creator who speaks to them in their Sacred Sites and homelands. Our Indigenous people have their own languages and ceremonies that are gifts from the Creator.
As we move forward respecting one another we must do so together as a renewed United Church of Canada meaningfully implementing UNDRIP, TRC and The Treaties.
I received a thank you note and an MP3 from Knox United for the singing of Many and Great. I sent a copy to Isaiah, who is now an ordained Episcopal Priest in South Dakota. The singing was a revelation and healing.
John D. Snow Jr is a student at SSSC while pursuing his M. Div. at the Vancouver School of Theology. He is a Student Minister at Samsom United, Maskwacis Alberta.
A condensed version of this story appeared in our newsletter, Volume 6, Issue 1, March 2018.
“The Caretakers of our Indigenous Circle”, made up of representatives of Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre, All Native Circle Conference, BC Native Ministries and Native Ministries of Ontario and Quebec have issued nine “Calls to the Church” that will be presented at General Council 43 (GC43) in Oshawa, ON in July 2018 . The Caretakers sought the input of Indigenous communities of faith in their various collectives and the Calls were affirmed by the National Aboriginal Spiritual Gathering in Pinawa, MB in July of 2017. General Council Executive has approved these Calls and recommends they be adopted at GC43.
1JustCity is hiring for an exciting new position, the Indigenous Cultural Programmer, who will work to offer programming that provides opportunities for healing and support to Indigenous people at 4 inner-city outreach sites in Winnipeg. Please see the job description below for more information.
The deadline for application is March 2, 2018.
We are seeking a compassionate individual, steeped in their own Indigenous cultural tradition, to offer cultural programming to Indigenous community members at all four of our inner-city outreach sites.
Position Title: Indigenous Cultural Programmer Position Type: Permanent, 3⁄4 time position (30 hours per week)
Salary: $46,000; pro-rated to $34,500 for 3⁄4 time. Position Start Date: April 2, 2018 Closing date for applications: March 2, 2018
About Us: 1JustCity is an organization that supports four outreach sites in Winnipeg’s core neighborhoods: West Broadway, the North End, the West End and Osborne Village.
Our services fulfill basic needs such as daily meals, food distribution, haircuts, showers, laundry, toiletries, and clean undergarments. But we also work to fulfill much deeper needs by providing safe communities of love and respect. We work to build a city where people who are alone can have a place to belong and be accepted, where people who are hurting can find support and healing, and where people who are struggling can be given the tools to build a better life.
Each of our four outreach sites serve those living with addictions, those without a place to call home, or those shunned by others based on race, income and sexual orientation. The need for our presence continues to grow, especially in these times of economic stress.
Our communities include many Indigenous people, many of whom experience brokenness and separation from their culture. We have identified a need to hire an Indigenous staff person who can offer a consistent presence at each of our four outreach sites; providing opportunities for healing for Indigenous people who are hurting.
The Position: The Indigenous Cultural Programmer will offer a caring presence at each of our four outreach sites. They will design and facilitate programs to promote healing for Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members; potentially including (but not limited to) sharing circles and trips offsite to participate in Indigenous ceremonial events such as pow-wows and sweat lodges. This person will also be tasked to build compassionate relationships with Indigenous community members; offering support and connecting individuals with other resources as necessary.
Organizational Relationship: Paid by Oak Table Inc. Accountable to 1JustCity Inc.
Build relationships with Indigenous community members and offer a consistent compassionate presence.
Design and facilitate Indigenous cultural programming that will promote healing for Indigenous community members.
Promote the programs and recruit participants.
Connect Indigenous community members with other programs and resources forhealing.
Search for opportunities to build relationships with other organizations that are working for Indigenous healing.
Consult on an ongoing basis with other 1JustCity site staff and Fund Developer asneeded to ensure strong program design and delivery.
Oversee the implementation of all Indigenous program activities, including directinvolvement in leadership.
Manage the programs within budget.
Evaluate the program, reflect on performance and learning and report on a continualbasis.
Participate in 1JustCity board meetings and staff training events.
Provide opportunities for healing in cooperation with the churches and otherorganizations that partner with us, as possible.
Qualifications and Abilities Sought:
Grounding in Indigenous cultural tradition.
Experience conducting sharing circles.
Strong knowledge of Indigenous healing resources.
Understanding of the history and present reality of colonialism in Canada, with anunderstanding of the effects of the trauma that many Indigenous people have experienced because of this.
Understanding of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, including the 94 Calls toAction; and the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People.
Connection with the Indigenous community in Winnipeg.
Willingness to work in close partnership with Christians, as part of a historically Christianorganization. (Though not required to be a member of any Christian tradition.)
Willingness to collaborate with people from a diversity of different traditions and faiths.
Ability to communicate clearly in both written and oral form.
Ability to take initiative.
Comfort working with people who have mental health issues.
Ability to connect with people of all ages.
Excellent planning and coordination skills.
Strong organizational skills and ability to set priorities.
Ability to work as part of a team, with volunteers and staff, and provide direction.
Please send applications to:
Josh Ward at email@example.com
Please put Indigenous Cultural Programmer in the Subject line.
Visit 1justcity.ca or contact Josh Ward for more information.