"Our experiences have been in a global context, with indigenous peoples all over the world. While this report focuses on a particular area in central Canada, it could be applied to many regions in the western hemisphere and would probably find resonance among Aboriginals in the whole earth. While our statements about the history of mission and the imposition of culture may sound negative to the reader, our experience is that hopeful change is taking place." -- Preface.
Contents: Preface / Stan McKay [and] Janet Silman -- Introductory reflections -- Aboriginal traditions, the fur trade and mission -- The era of Indian residential schools -- The transition years: personal accounts -- Aboriginal self-government in the church -- Gospel and culture from an Aboriginal perspective.
Authors "are ministers of the United Church of Canada and on staff at the Dr. Jessie Saulteaux Resource Centre, and Aboriginal learning centre for ministry in Manitoba. Stan McKay is former moderator of the United Church and Janet Silman is a columnist for 'The United Church Observer'." -- back cover.
"Written and edited by Ed Bianchi, Maura Hanrahan, Jennifer Henry, Shannon Neufeldt, and Chuck Wright". p. iv.
"The article, 'Understanding Treaty as Covenant', was graciously provided by Stan McKay". -- p. iv.
"'In Peace and Friendship' is a response to those who faith or conscience compels them to understand more deeply the struggles of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. It provides an opportunity, particularly for non-Aboriginal people, to open themselves to a new perspective by exploring a relationship with the original inhabitants of this land that recognizes their unique nationhood. .... [It] is an educational resource for groups of youth or adults, within a congregation, a regional church body or as an open community event. There are five sessions. This resource could be used as a series of weekly workshops for a local group or linked together for a 2-day conference or retreat. The first and fifth sessions assume a Christian perspective". -- p. i.
Contents: [Prefatory Material i.e.] Purpose -- Uses -- Facilitators -- Format -- Before You Begin -- Terminology -- Table of Contents -- A New Relationship: Contextual Article -- Session 1: Renewing the Covenant -- Faithful to God's Covenant: Theological Reflection -- Session 2: Nation to Nation -- A Continent of Nations: Background Article -- Session 3: Collective Rights -- In Common: Background Article -- Session 4: A Case in Point -- Reclaiming Land in Caledonia: Background Article -- Session 5: Churches in Solidarity ? -- The Churches' Role in Recognizing Aboriginal Rights: Background Article.