by Brita Chell
Member, Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede
Member, Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission
The Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede
99 Turner Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3J 2S9
[email protected]
We acknowledge that the Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Cree, and Dakota Nations, and the homeland of the Metis Nation, and that we gather on Treaty 1 land. We are grateful for their stewardship of this land and their hospitality, which allows us to live, work, and serve God the Creator here.
The 3rd Annual A Learning Journey 2018 – Let’s Talk Treaties.

In honour of National Indigenous Awareness Month, the Parish of St. James Anglican Church (SJAC), the Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede (SSSB), and Epiphany Indigenous Anglican Church (EIAC) invite you to attend a series of events exploring Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations:

·        Tue, Jun 5, 2:00-4:00,       SJAC   Ask an Elder.
Would you like to know about smudging? Teachings? Medicinal plants? Drumming? No question is a bad question. Elder Calvin Pompana. Artisanal work for sale.
·        Thu, Jun 7, 7:00-9:00,       SSSB   Sharing Circle.
Traditional teachings with Elder Calvin Pompana. Artisanal work for sale.
·        Tue, Jun 12, 7:00-9:00,     EIAC   Elder Peter Atkinson.
Traditional governance, the Indian Act, and other relevant topics, opportunity for questions and answers to follow. (Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba) Artisanal work for sale.
·        Thu, Jun 14, 7:00-9:00,     SJAC   Loretta Ross, Treaty Commissioner of MB.
Treaty relations in the 21st century, opportunity for questions and answers to follow. Questions can be submitted early to SJAC. Artisanal work for sale.
·        Tue, Jun 19, 2:00-4:00,     SSSB   Sharing Circle.
We will listen to brief TRCM podcasts on treaties and discuss.
Artisanal work for sale.
·        Tue, Jun 19, 7:00-9:00,     EIAC   Drumming Workshop, pt 1.
We make our own drums and learn how to use them respectfully; continues Jun 26. Pre-registration and fee (min. donation or $25); limited space. Elder Velma Orvis.
·        Wed, Jun 20, 2:00-4:00,   SJAC
                   & 7:00-9:00,            SSSB   KAIROS Blanket Exercise.
Learn the history of Turtle Island (North America) colonization that we should have been taught in school. Bring an old blanket. (choice of times and location.)
·        Thu, Jun 21, 7:00-9:00,     SJH     National Aboriginal Day.
Service of the Word. Ko’ona Saber. A Sacred Fire will be lit at Sunrise (5 am.) by Ivon Saber, and will remain lit until the service is over in the evening. All are welcome to attend this traditional Sunrise ceremony.
·        Sun, Jun 24, 10:00 am,     SJH     Annual Opening of Heritage Church.
Guest speaker: Elder Norman Meade. This year we will be wearing period clothing, reminiscent of the year when the church was opened (1853). All are welcome to join us.
·        Tue, Jun 26, 6:00-9:00,     EIAC   Drumming Workshop, pt 2.
Feasting the Drums.
·        Wed, Jun 27, 6:00 pm.      AP       5K Fun Run/Walk.
After a brief welcome by Jennifer Henry, Executive Director of KAIROS Canada, go for a relaxing evening run/walk through Assiniboine Park. Registration is necessary ($10). For more info and to register go to events.runningroom.com.
·        Thu, Jun 28, 6:30-9:00,      SJAC    Wrap up Potluck.
Enjoy the fellowship of a shared meal while we discuss what we have learned and plan for future relationships as we move forward in reconciliation.

SJH = St. James Heritage Church (525 Tylehurst St.). AP = Assiniboine Park. For more info phone SJAC (204-888-3489) or Elizabeth (204-475-9956). To register for the Drumming Workshop, phone Elizabeth or email [email protected]