IPS Summer Delegation
On August 11-21, IPS team led a delegation to introduce participants to our partners, highlight the struggles of the Indigenous communities in Treaty 1 and 3 lands, and share how IPS is working towards a peaceful and just relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island.
The delegation visited Grassy Narrows first nation and met with Judy Da Silva, a community leader and long term partner of CPT. Delegates went to see the site of Grassy Narrows standing blockade against logging, and later attended the annual pow wow. They learned about Indigenous nations’ current land-based struggles and ways for peacemakers to support them, as CPT has supported Grassy Narrows and Shoal Lake 40.
The delegation also spent time in Kenora, Ontario, and Manitou Mounds at Rainy River First Nations, where they learned about the heritage of the indigenous nations on that territory. Delegates also had the opportunity to learn about and visit the memorial sites of Cecilia Jeffrey (Presbyterian) and St. Mary’s (Roman Catholic) residential schools near Kenora. The delegation concluded by receiving teachings from a long-time friend and Elder Cathy Lindsay.