An Anglican Video production that tells the dramatic story of a residential school survivor will premiere at the IMAX Theatre in Winnipeg on April 5 .
"Topahdewin: The Gladys Cook Story" is a multi-faceted production by Anglican Video senior producer Lisa Barry that relates the story of a remarkable woman's life in the context of residential schools and how they affected the lives of children sent there. Gladys Cook not only survived the school, where she was raped at the age of 9, but went on to rediscover a profound faith that acknowledges both Christian and native spirituality, and to carve a distinguished career as an alcohol and drug abuse counselor.
Her contributions to society have earned her a Governor General's Award and a Canada 125 medal, among many other accolades.
The video is the culmination of a relationship between Ms. Cook and Ms. Barry that dates back to 1989. Ms. Barry notes that the video is the product of many encounters over the years and that it also makes use of extensive archival footage.
The premiere of "Topahdewin: The Gladys Cook Story" at 7:30 p.m., April 5 , is sponsored by Anglican Video, the Anglican diocese of Rupert's Land and the local Indigenous Council.
Bishop Donald Phillips of Rupert's Land will open the evening and the screening of the video will be followed by remarks from Archbishop Terry Finlay, special representative on residential schools for Anglican Primate Archbishop Andrew Hutchison.
The program was produced by the Anglican Church of Canada as part of an initiative to memorialize the experiences of residential schools survivors, as the church agreed to do in an agreement with the federal government ending litigation over its role in running the schools.
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The stories of five Native women, weaving together their spiritual traditions with Christian ones. Sarah Simon, Dr. Jessie Saulteaux and Gladys McCue Taylor are elders of the United Church of Canada and Gladys Taylor Cook and Vi Smith are elders of the Anglican Church of Canada.
Contents: Women [Poem] / Gladys Taylor Cook -- Foreword / Stan McKay -- Acknowledgements / Joyce Clouston Carlson and Alf Dumont -- Introduction / Joyce Carlson -- Elders / Alf Dumont -- Sarah Simon / Recorded and edited by Joyce Carlson -- Dr. Jessie Prettyshield Saulteaux / Recorded and edited by Joyce Carlson -- Gladys McCue Taylor / Edited by Alf Dumont -- Gladys Taylor Cook / Recorded and edited by Joyce Carlson -- Vi Smith / Edited by Joyce Carlson -- Appendix One: Apologies to Native People -- Appendix Two: The Impact of Residential Schools -- Notes -- Resources -- Understanding Native Spirituality.
In New Aiyansh, British Columbia, 70 miles by logging road from Terrace, an event will take place this spring which is both unique and significant. This is the first time in Canada that an Anglican Diocesan Synod will be held in an Indian village. The synod will be held from April 14 through April 16. This is also the first time that Indian dances, which at one time were forbidden by missionaries, will form an integral part of the synod celebrations, the first time church vestments worn during the synod services will be made from Indian blankets.
One of the clergy attending, an Indian deacon without seminary training, was selected by his people to be their natural religious leader.
The native people represent three distinct groups...the Haida...the Skeena River people and the Nishga. In 1916 these peoples were persuaded to destroy their totem poles and many of their native customs were outlawed. However, one village has recently erected a new totem pole in the churchyard. A group of 70 children and adults, many of whom are dancers, drummers and singers will perform the almost forgotten dances.
The menu for the synod includes baked salmon heads, seaweed cooked either as a vegetable or as a main course, berries, sea lion and moose meat.
The Nishga tribal council was the first in Canada to make a legal case for aboriginal rights, claiming that they owned the land before the white man arrived and had never agreed to sell or vacate them. In the meantime the issue is before the supreme court. This is bound to have an effect on all such claims by native peoples in Canada.
"All the essays in this volume were initially written in response to an invitation from Renison College at the University of Waterloo to come together to reflect on where Anglicanism in Canada finds itself as one century ends and another dawns. Thus, these essays were first presented at a conference hosted by Renison College, `Challenges Facing the Anglican Communion at the End of the Twentieth Century'. Held in May 1999, the conference was part of the fortieth anniversary celebrations of Renison College." -- Intro., p. [iii].
Contents: Introduction / M. Darrol Bryant -- Challenges Facing the Anglican Communion at the End of the Twentieth Century / Michael Peers -- Anglicanism in Canada : A Sociological Sketch / Roger O'Toole -- The Anglican Church of Canada Among the Social Scientists / David A. Nock -- The Anglican Church and the Cultural Wars : Transcending Ethical Tribalism / Ron Dart -- Anglican Women : A Future / Wendy Fletcher-Marsh -- Honouring Fallibility / Tom Settle -- Native and Christian : A Search for an Authentic Spirituality / Laverne Jacobs -- Ecumenical Vision, Concerted Action / Frank Thompson -- A Parish Response to Cultural Diversity / Patrick Yu -- The Shapes and Forms of Ministry and Liturgy : Some Underlying Principles / Barbara Liotscos -- Challenges Facing Anglicans in Shaping and Forming Ministry / Eileen Scully -- The Challenge of Lay Ministry : The Renison Institute of Ministry / Patti Carlisle -- The Anglican Church and the Challenge of Higher Education : The Utility of History / William Westfall -- Anglican Church Colleges : What Do We Have to Offer ? / Gail Cuthbert Brandt -- Anglicans and Higher Education / Don Thompson -- Challenges at the Frontier of Medical Ethics : Medicine, Technology and the Sense of Self / Dalice A. Sim -- Anglicans and the Ecological Crisis / M. Darrol Bryant.
That this General Synod, responding to the invitation of the representatives of the indigenous people of the Anglican Church of Canada, receive, accept and affirm the Covenant, trusting in the Spirit's leading, anticipating "that as we covenant and speak and worship ... and journey together new structures and forms will emerge" which will enable and express our commonality in Christ. We see in the Covenant not only a promise and hope for liberation and self-determination for indigenous people, but the possibility for transformation for the whole Anglican Church. CARRIED Act 68
The Covenant, which was signed by 21 people, reads as follows:
We, representatives of the indigenous people of the Anglican Church of Canada, meeting in Winnipeg from the 23 to 26 of April, 1994, pledge ourselves to this covenant for the sake of our people and in trust of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ:
Under the guidance of God's Spirit, we agree to do all we can to call our people into unity in a new, self-determining community within the Anglican Church of Canada.
To this end, we extend the hand of partnership to all those who will help us build a truly Anglican Indigenous Church in Canada.
May God bless this new vision and give us grace to accomplish it. Amen.
"'The Dancing Sun' is a joint publication of First Nations Ecumenical Liturgical Resources, the Anglican Church of Canada and The United Church of Canada". -- inside front cover.
"Permission to freely photocopy material in 'The Dancing Sun' is given to congregations in The United Church of Canada and parishes in The Anglican Church of Canada". -- inside front cover.
"Mervin [Wolfleg] has created each of the illustrations for this issue of 'The Dancing Sun'. He has signed the drawings with his Siksika name, Natowohki, which mean Sacred Water". -- inside front cover.
"In the development of 'The Dancing Sun', we have met in a variety of regions in Canada to reflect the variety and richness of culture within Aboriginal communities. The Diocese of Calgary assisted us with this issue. .... The Blackfoot Confederacy has a deep connectedness to their own traditions. Mervin Wolfleg (Siksika Nation), Anne Marie Wolfchild (Blood Nation), Eva Bad Eagle, Patricia Bad Eagle, and Hazel Big Smoke (Peigan Nation) are all from the Confederacy. Patricia Bad Eagle, a youth, joined us for part of the workshop. Evelyn Broadfoot, of Cree tradition from Norway House, Manitoba is on staff of the All Native Circle Conference, The United Church of Canada. Laverne Jacobs is Coordinator of the Council for Native Ministries of the Anglican Church of Canada. The workshop was facilitated by Jean Olthuis, Editor of 'Seeds & Sowers' and myself. Mervin Wolfleg led the integration of Christian and Blackfoot understandings". -- Editorial.
Contents: Editorial / Joyce Carlson, Editor -- Background for leaders -- Our hopes in developing this material -- Patterns of learning -- Guidelines in the use of this material -- Resources -- Story One: Opening Our Hearts to the Creator -- Story Two: One Road : Walking in Two Traditions -- Story Three: Respecting Different Traditions -- Story Four: Transformed Journeys.
Last page of text (p. 21) printed on inside back cover.
"This is a joint publication of the Anglican Church of Canada and The United Church of Canada. Development, planning, and consultation are through Council for Native Ministries and Partners in Canadian Mission and Diocese of Rupert's Land of the Anglican Church of Canada and the Division of Mission in Canada of The United Church of Canada. Consultations within the Aboriginal community were throught First Nations Ecumenical Liturgical Resources, History and Publications Board (Alf Dumont, Laverne Jacobs, Stan McKay). We are grateful to the Diocese of Calgary for covering workshop costs for this volume and the Diocese of Rupert's Land for administration." -- back cover.
"Publication is by the Division of Mission in Canada, The United Church of Canada". -- back cover.
"Distribution is through the Anglican Book Centre and United Church Book Room". -- back cover.
"950341". -- back cover.
Volumes 9-12 in the series have title: Children of The Dancing Sun.
At head of title: "Hear ye ! Hear ye ! Read all about it ! AFC [Anglican Foundation of Canada] awarded $347,000 in May 2018". "Traditional Teaching. At St. Mary Magdalene's in the Greater Vancouver area, you will discover the Urban Aboriginal Ministry. Whether it's drumming, beading, medicine wheel circles with smudging, or an educational workshop about the traditional teachings of Indigenous ancestors, you're sure to find something instructive and educational. Transformation and Peace. The Feather Dance Liturgical Arts project is an Indigenous-led, relationship-building event that's all about healing, transformation, and peace within St. Hildegard's Sanctuary, an inclusive, arts-based contemplative Christian community in the parish of St. Faith's in Vancouver. 'Thus am I, a feather on the breath of God'." [Text of entire article.]
Dr. Alan L. Hayes argues “…colonial assumptions and structures have proven tenacious, and that, although Indigenous self-determination is consistent with historical patterns of Christian mission and organization, the theological, constitutional, and financial obstacles to decolonization have defied solution.” Models which could better promote indigenous self-determination within the Anglican Church of Canada are explored.