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Vancouver Regional Conference


  • Grandview Calvary Baptist Church 1803 East 1st Avenue Vancouver, BC, V5L 4B8 Canada (map)

Why Should I Attend?

Three years ago this September 70,000 Vancouverites took to the streets in the Walk for Reconciliation, committing to a newrelationship between settlers and indigenous peoples.  Take another step with us in that journey. Participate in indigenous and settler led workshops that seek to catalyze action and understanding around the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions recommendations. Hear from local indigenous leaders how these recommendations are or can be worked out on the ground. Indigenous and non-indigenous leaders will map the new geography for fostering the work of justice, healing and the implications for the church in discipleship, worship and spiritual formation.


Friday, October 14

7:00-8:00 pm
Welcome Protocol and Plenary with Ray Aldred

8-9:30pm
Blanket Exercise & Circle Sharing Groups

Saturday, October 15

9:00-10:00 am - Welcome Protocol and Plenary
10:00-12:00 - Workshops
12:00-1:00 - Lunch
1:00-3:00 - Workshops
3:00-3:20 - Break
3:20-4:20 - Panel Discussion
4:20-5:00 - Closing Remarks & Round Dance


Workshops:

  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: Explore together ways of supporting and becoming an ally in the area of missing and murdered indigenous women.  What can you do to be a part of ending this atrocity?
  • Sing a New Song: How do we re-shape our worship in a way that can re-shape our theologies to reflect the values of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  Come gain a better understanding of UNDRIP and participate in the creation of some new worship resources for our churches)
  • Joining the Journey 101: Are you new to this conversation and want to just get a basic understanding of the issues?  Come to this workshop to learn, what is the TRC and the recommendations made in the final report, learn an historical overview of the church's involvement with indigenous people in this land and what we need to do to learn a new pattern of relating.
  • Indigenous Worldviews: get an overview of indigenous worldviews and what a deeper understanding of these an our own worldviews can contribute to the process of right relationship.
  • Doctrine of Discovery Alive and Well Today: learn how this ancient church doctrine has worked its way into very contemporary systems, structures and laws and what dismantling it could mean.
  • Stories That Can Heal: Learning ways of telling the residential school story to children in an appropriate way as well as exploring the art of story telling.
  • Racist structures: What prisons have to teach us
  • Land Defenders and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People: how do we understand land defenders from the perspective of indigenous sovereignty and why is this such an important ground upon which to work out principles of justice and healing?

Register Online

Space is limited so register today!
Pricing is as follows:

  • $75 Whole Conference
  • $30 Friday
  • $50 Saturday

Registration includes coffee breaks, lunch on Saturday, and a resource package.
*No one turned away, scholarships are available!

Later Event: November 14
Joining the Journey 101