Monthly Archives June 2016

Indigenous Allyship is about relationships.

  “Mitakuye Oyasin. All my relations.” Lakota Nation. We need to return to the original relationships. That’s the repeated message heard at a recent Waterloo forum hosted by Faith & the Common Good, Divest Waterloo, the Green Awakening Network and a number of other groups concerning climate justice and what Indigenous allyship would mean. These relationships involve taking care of Mother Earth in tandem with revisting the cordial, peaceful beginnings of our settlers and first peoples’ interactions. When keynote Indigenous Traditional Counselor, Elder MyeengunHenry talked about the settlers coming to Turtle Island, he referred to a relationship that degenerated with
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What does it mean to be an ally? Indigenous Allyship, Faith Groups and Climate Justice.

“We indigenous people were systematically separated from the land we lovingly call Mother Earth. Together we are returning to the sacred teachings of the land. This is healing, this is Truth and Reconciliation.” Anishinaabe Kwe Knowledge Holder, Dorothy Taylor.  What does it mean to be an ally? And how do we get there?  When it comes to Aboriginal rights, reconciliation, and reparations for the hundred plus years of cultural genocide at residential schools, and the living legacy of centuries of oppression committed by treaty people of Canada, asking how we move forward together is a question on the minds of many
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