IPS August 2019 Delegation: Exploring Jewish & Christian Responsibilities

Dates: August 15 - 24th
Departs from: Winnipeg, MB, Treaty 1

What can our faith traditions teach us about reconciliation, solidarity, and the current struggles of Indigenous peoples? How can we stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities resisting colonial oppression?  

For years, Anishinaabe people in Treaty 3 have, and continue to, defend their land, water and way of life. Community members resist imposed colonial crises, such as mercury contamination of the English-Wabigoon river system 50 years ago which continues to poison fish - a traditional food staple. In 2002, Grassy Narrows residents set up a blockade against clear-cut logging on their traditional territory which continues to halt logging on their land today. 

This trip will draw specifically on Jewish and Christian histories and perspectives, with two leaders, one from each faith background. With the delegation being open to all faiths and beliefs, as always, all are welcome to participate and contribute from your respective traditions. 

Starting in Winnipeg, MB (Treaty 1), delegates will meet with community organizers, Indigenous rights advocates, and leaders in Grassy Narrows and Kenora, ON (Treaty 3). Delegates will undertake an analysis of colonialism, participate in anti-racism exercises, and critically reflect on how to live in right relations with the Earth and their Indigenous neighbours.

Provided meals will be kosher-style. Dietary needs and spiritual practices will be accommodated as much as possible. For specific questions, please email ips@cpt.org.