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CPT INTERNATIONAL: Applications sought for Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Project Support Coordinator postion

 

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is accepting expressions of interest for the position of IPS Project Support Coordinator 

Participants in the 2015 Anishinaabe Waterwalk against the Energy East pipeline

Team: Administrative Team

Reports to: Program Director

Status: Stipended, half-time, 20 hours/week

Stipend: $1,000 USD/mo

Location: Turtle Island  (Canada–preferred—or United States)

Start Date: December 1st, 2016

Application Deadline: October 30, 2016

Position Purpose: This half-time (20 hours/week) position supports CPT’s Indigenous People Solidarity Program efforts to amplify the voices of and support Indigenous nations, communities and movements in Turtle Island seeking justice and defending lands against corporate and government exploitation, as well as a commitment to undoing colonialism in churches.   

Prayers for Peacemakers September 28, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers September 28, 2016

Pray for the people of Grassy Narrows.  A recently published report by Japanese scientists noted that almost everyone they tested in the community, young and old were showing some sign of mercury poisoning.  Additionally, Health Canada is withholding the results of blood tests they performed on newborns in Grassy Narrows for mercury poisoning between 1978 and 1992.  Pray that those with the power to address this environmental racism will find it unacceptable. 

*Epixel for Peacemakers  October 2, 2016 

O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen?

Or cry to you "Violence!" and you will not save?

Why do you make me see wrong-doing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; 

strife and contention arise.

So the law becomes slack and justice never prevails. The wicked surround the righteous--

 therefore judgment comes forth perverted. Hakkakuk 1:2-4

 
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CPT INTERNATIONAL: Canada Coordinator position opening at Christian Peacemaker Teams

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is accepting expressions of interest for the position of Canada Coordinator.

https://persia37.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/carrie-and-chuck.jpg?w=735Reports to Communications & Engagement Director

Terms: Stipended, full-time, 40 hours/week, three-year term commitment

Compensation: Up to $2000usd/mo

Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario area; office located in Waterloo

Start Date: 15 October 2016

Application Deadline: 25 September 2016; Please send resumĂ© and statement of motivation to outreach@cpt.org. Full job description available upon request.

Position Summary: This full-time (40 hours/week) administrative position supports CPT’s efforts to amplify the voices of our partners and resource the well-being of our workers.  It involves managing CPT’s Canada office including finances, engaging Canadian supporters in fundraising and advocacy for peacemaking and nurturing supportive relationships with Canadian CPTers.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ SOLIDARITY: Sixty years can be four generations of living with toxic chemicals

 

Judy Da Silva presents Glen Murray and David Zimmer with a pipe 

Chrissy Swain was eleven-years-old the first time she participated in an action to bring awareness to Grassy Narrows First Nation. By then the accumulation of ten tons of mercury (waste from Dryden, ON pulp and paper mill) had been contaminating the English-Wabigoon River for three decades. When she walked onto the stage at the Canada Day concert all those years ago, the Ontario government had already been ignoring for one decade a report* advocating for remediation of the river. This report was shelved and filed away for another twenty years—bringing us to 2016.

In June 2016, Grassy Narrows again presented a scientific report describing a technique to remediate the river system, one that would reduce the mercury in the abundant fish and bring health back to the water, the people and their economy. Finally, the politicians seem to have woken up from a willful ignorance that the toxins have not naturally gone away.

Prayers for Peacemakers, July 13, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, July 13, 2016 

Give thanks that the Mennonite Church Canada has repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery, a philosophical and legal framework dating back to the fifteenth century that gives “Christian governments” the legal right to seize indigenous lands and dominate Indigenous people.  Pray that Mennonites view this as a first step in a restorative process with First Nations in Canada.

*Epixel for Peacemakers  July 17, 2016 
O LORD, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill?
Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart;
who do not slander with their tongue, and do no evil to their friends, nor take up a reproach against their neighbors;
in whose eyes the wicked are despised, but who honor those who fear the LORD; who stand by their oath even to their hurt Psalm 15:1-4
 
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CPT INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ SOLIDARITY: Dear Settlers

 

Rezhiar Fakhir

It has not been very long since I visited the land of the Indigenous peoples. I acknowledge that it took me a very long time to write this. That was for two reasons. First, I come from a place where we have suffered from different conflicts, not just over decades but over centuries. I thought it would not be a good idea for me to write a judgment of Canadian society when we are deeply impacted by war in our own region. Second, North American history is very complicated for me even though some have told me it is very simple: the settlers came and destroyed the life of the Indigenous peoples – the story is as simple as that. Even after my first visit to Grassy Narrows, an indigenous reserve, I was not courageous enough to write this reflection. But I made a pledge to my indigenous friends that I would write about their struggle even though I am not Canadian.

My journey in Canada began when I arrived in Nelson in British Colombia to finish my course at Selkirk College in mid April. From the moment of my arrival I felt the generosity of the people of Nelson. They were very kind and welcoming. Nelson portrayed a perfect Canada in my mind. However, I began to hear from my very good friends, classmates and instructors about some problems and difficulties that Canadians faced. I met many people in Nelson who told me stories about the Indigenous peoples’ struggle. They gave me an overview of the history and the challenges of indigenous peoples in North America. One late afternoon, I even saw one of my classmates arguing with the police from Nelson about the history of colonization. Or my instructor who expressed concern about the extinction of some indigenous communities in Nelson.

Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Poem: Grassy Narrows-Asubpeeschoseewagong-one hour north of Kenora

Grassy Narrows-Asubpeeschoseewagong-one hour north of Kenora

Grassy Narrows, where the water narrows and the wild water grasses grow.

Where the fish emerge from their eggs and grow healthy and strong.

Their rich protein feeds the people—Anishinabek

Fishermen come from the world to find the fish and the men of Grassy Narrows guide them to the best spots on the lakes and rivers.

The money buys flour for bannock and fuel for the boats. 

Then one day the community realises something is wrong.

Judy da Silva says, “The fish were acting strange. They were jumping right out of the water-onto the land and then dying there.”

As if they could not bear to stay in their habitat anymore. 

The elders said that this was wrong. Something was wrong with the water.

Mercury-whatever would give a company the right to dump such toxic chemicals into the river?

As if it would dissolve and disappear.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ SOLIDARITY: “Feels like home to me”--the strength & pride of Indigenous youth


At the youth-organized launch party for the third issue of Red Rising, an Indigenous Winnipeg-based magazine, Winona LaDuke, an Indigenous intellectual and environmental activist from White Earth Reservation in Minnesota made those who attended a promise.   She said that Indigenous communities will continue finding their strength and reclaiming their traditions, and that this will mean great things for Earth and all of us living on it. Then she said, with great conviction: “This will happen.” As I looked around the room, feeling the energy in the space and seeing the large number of energetic youth who were facilitating the event, I believed her.  That party also launched the May 2016 CPT Indigenous Peoples Solidarity delegation.

Red Rising #3 launch at Thunderbird House. 

Joshua Ward was a CPT delegate to Treaty 3 territory in May 2016. He is in preparation for ministry at the Centre for Christian Studies in Winnipeg, MB.

N'we Jinan Artists - "HOME TO ME" // Grassy Narrows First Nation 

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ SOLIDARITY: #OccupyINAC addresses the decades-old suicide “crisis” in First Nations communities

What is the vision of the Government  of Canada? Does it 
include the wellbeing and rights of Indigenous Nations?
 

Attawapiskat First Nation declared a state of emergency on 9 April 2016 after 11 suicide attempts in one day, part of a pattern of over 100 suicide attempts in recent months. Reports began to circulate of suicide pacts between groups of children and youth, and a community unable to access the fundamentals of life.  In response, and to protest the lack of governmental response, Toronto-based Indigenous activists, supported by #BlackLivesMatter activists occupied the offices of Indian & Northern Affairs Canada(INAC), in concert with nationwide occupations and vigils.  

Attawapiskat hit the global news in 2011 when then-Chief Theresa Spence began a sacred fast, calling for a Nation-to-Nation meeting with the Prime Minister and Governor General (representative of the Queen).  The nearby DeBeers diamond mine had dumped sewage into the community, causing flooding and the growth of mold in reserve houses and precipitating a desperate housing crisis as the winter approached.  

 At the time, MP Charlie Angus asked 'what if they declared an emergency and no-one came?' The current spate of suicides are a direct result of the lack of response from the Government of Canada, which fought back by auditing Attawapiskat finances, the same Government of Canada that simply 'lost' $1.3 billion in 2013. The Government's intention to blame Indigenous Nations for their own poverty is part of a refusal to acknowledge the truths of colonialism. 

Prayers for Peacemakers April 27, 2016 Indigenous Peoples' Solidarity

Prayers for Peacemakers April 27, 2016   Indigenous Peoples' Solidarity

Give thanks for the faithful witness of those who have been involved in the protests with Occupy INAC (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada) at INAC offices across Canada set off by the suicide crisis Attawapiskat.  Pray for the encouragement and comfort of those still occupying.

*Epixel for Peacemakers May 1, 2016  Sixth Sunday of Easter
#OCCUPYINAC Winnipeg Office
 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, 
and do not let them be afraid. John 14:27
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