In Reconciliation - Walking Together

The Path Forward

Have you ever tried to walk along the rail of a railway track?  Whether you have tried it yourself or not, you can swing your arms out for balance, but you can only get so far before you fall off.  The interesting thing is that if someone is on the rail parallel to yours, and you hold hands in the middle, you are able to walk much further than you were able to go alone.  This was an observation first heard from Elder Dr. Wilton (Willie) Littlechild some years ago in the context of reconciliation, and it is in this spirit that you are invited to walk together in your knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples of Canada.

On this page you will find a selections of articles, books, film, stories, news releases, YouTube videos, music and art of Indigenous Peoples. You will hear from Elders and other knowledge keepers about what it means to be Indigenous and what is important culturally, environmentally, and socially in the past, present, and future.

This is an invitation to read, listen to, and watch as many sources as you would like in an effort to really see our neighbours who have felt invisible for so long. Every few weeks we will add links to the five chosen themes:  Walking with Reconciliation | Walking with Land | Walking with People and Their Stories | Walking with Issues | Walking with Actions

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Walking with Reconciliation

“The road we travel is equal in importance to the destination we seek. There are no shortcuts. When it comes to truth and reconciliation we are forced to go the distance.”

Senator Murray Sinclair, expressed these words during his 2009-2015 tenure as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.


Listen here: Tim Fox from Calgary Foundation offers 48 minutes of a podcast on Sharing the Responsibility for Decolonization

Watch here: Dr. Pamela Palmeter and Indigenous educators offer 3 minutes of ideas around the meaning of reconciliation 


Walking with Land

“The land, as opposed to time, is a major referent in the minds of Aboriginal people. For Aboriginal people, the land is a sacred trust from the Creator. The land is the giver of life like mother. The ecological aspect of Indigenous knowledge is all about the land. The land is a source of identity for Aboriginal people.”

Dr. Leroy Little Bear, Naturalizing Indigenous Knowledge Synthesis Paper, p 21


Land Acknowledgement, Indigenous Perspective:

Watch here: 3 minutes for children

Watch here: 8 minutes, a little deeper

Watch here: Stephen Paquette shares 3 minutes of thought about land acknowledgement


Learning About the Land

Explore here: A website for your virtual exploration until you can go there for yourself

Watch here: Walter Macdonald White Bear's 10 minute story Mother Earth is for children and adults alike

Watch here: Relearning the Land is an hour long story of Red Crow College reclaiming control of their education system on the site of a former residential school where students now learn about the land and their language

Watch here: This is the first 20 minutes of a longer film where Cowboy and Chris go on a journey across traditional Blackfoot territory - feel free to discover the rest!


Walking With People and Their Stories

Watch here: Hal Eagletail from Tsuut'ina Nation takes you from creation forward in your 1.5 hour discovery of your neighbours

Watch here: Elder Narcisse Blood speaks for a minute about identity

Watch here: Kainai students talk for 10 minutes about culture and community

Watch here: The 3 hour Hallmark film Dreamkeeper features a storyteller sharing many stories with his grandson while they are on their way to a Pow Wow


Walking with Issues

Read here: Our own Fred Pynn shares his thoughts on Bob Joseph's book: 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act - Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality

Steps We Have Taken Together

Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples has been highlighted as a focus of our social justice work at Scarboro United Church. You will see the territorial aknowledgement on this site and all around our building. We commit to following up that aknowledgement with meaningful action in our journey of reconciliation. Scroll down to see some of the work we have done, and continue to do, here at Scarboro.

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For many years, we have been honoured to host the Calgary Women's Memorial March which calls attention to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls every year on Valentine's Day. Learn more about the history of this march here.

We have adopted the Moosehide Campaign's call to raise awareness of and pledge to stand against violence against women and children, especially Indigenous women and children.

We have recently added a permanent installation to our Building Better Relations display featuring red dresses to bring attention to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in solidarity with The REDress Project.

Scarboro United has hosted the Kairos Blanket Exercise, an extremely powerful and emotional tool for coming to understand the history of colonisation in Canada, and the systemic biases that still exist as a result.

We have held several study groups on Indigenous content, including one on The Decolonization Issue of Geez Magazine.

Every autumn we recognise Orange Shirt Day, honouring the story of Phyllis Webstad and her experience of residential school.

We are a member organisation of the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good and support their focus on Truth & Reconciliation. Currently the Truth & Reconciliation Research Action Team is supporting a call for an Aboriginal Liason Officer in every district of the Calgary Police Services. Get in touch to find out how you can support this work.

        Talking Stick Healing Ceremonies       

We give thanks to Marilyn Shingoose for her leadership of the Calgary Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Women's Talking Stick Healing Ceremony. The women's program has now come to an end. The men's program will resume when it is safe to do so.

In response to COVID-19 worship and group ceremonies have been temporarily suspended.
Check here for information about when they will resume.
Private Facebook groups have been set up to keep in touch.
Contact Marilyn Shingoose for more information.

The Calgary Indigenous & Non-Indigenous Men's Talking Stick Healing Ceremony will meet at 1:00pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month to offer a sacred and safe space for men to gather and share their life stories, offering healing, support, and community. When they resume, ceremonies typically run from January to June & September to November.

For more information about registration for these ceremonies, please contact Marilyn Shingoose at 403-667-4863 or [email protected]

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