Land Acknowledgement

 Hope Mennonite is seeking ways to redress the wrongs done by educating ourselves, building relationships or respect, and speaking truth to power to advocate for political, social, and spiritual justice. Our community, beliefs and faith call us to acts of peace and justice.

 

Land Acknowledgement

Land acknowledgements are important for recognizing and respecting the traditional lands of Indigenous peoples and are an opportunity to create awareness of where we live and the treaties that were made. It is the recognition of how settler people have benefited from the treaties and lands, and how colonialism continues today. It is important to note that a land acknowledgement is only part of the process of reconciliation, collaboration, and decolonization.

Hope Mennonite is seeking ways to redress the wrongs done by educating ourselves, building relationships or respect, and speaking truth to power to advocate for political, social, and spiritual justice. Our community, beliefs and faith call us to acts of peace and justice.

Here are a few ways Hope Mennonite has acted out in faith:

  • Private Members Bill C-262 (an act to ensure United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) be part of Canada’s law): members of the church created a group to help push this bill into legislation. They initiated a postcard campaign to all Members of Parliament in 2017.
  • This group organized a mass walk/march to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in September 2017.
  • Many members of the church supported a rally for Bill C-262 at Canadian Mennonite University in March 2019. Read about the rally here.
  • Many members walked in solidarity with others in the Global Climate Strike on September 27, 2019.
  • Hope Mennonite sent a letter to Justice Minister Lametti to ask him to pass Bill C-15.
  • Justice Team – have been working on ways to engage our community.

 

Want to learn more? Want to act? But don't know where to start? Here are some resources that might be helpful:

Advocacy Campaign:
Mennonite Central Committee: Help prioritize United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)- fill out the letter https://mcccanada.ca/get-involved/advocacy/campaigns/prioritize-un-declaration-legislation

Books:
21 Things You Didn’t Know about the Indian Act. By Bob Joseph
Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry: Conversations on Creation, Land Justice, and Life Together. Edited by Steve Heinrichs. 
Wrongs to Rights: How Churches can Engage the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Edited by Steve Heinrichs.
Unsettling the Word: Biblical Experiments in Decolonization. Edited by Steve Heinrichs.
Be it Resolved: Anabaptists and Partner Coalitions Advocate for Indigenous Justice. Edited by Steve Heinrichs and Esther Epp-Tiessen.
Climate Church, Climate World: How people of faith must work for change. By Jim Antal

Courses:
Indigenous Canada- a free 12-week online course through the University of Alberta. https://www.coursera.org/learn/indigenous-canada

Read:
TRC’s Website: http://www.trc.ca/ and their Calls to Action
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)
UNDRIP explained to youth

Watch a Documentary or Webinar:
Treaty Talk
Treaty Walk
Stories of Decolonization: Land Dispossession and Settlement 

And like it says on the TRC's front page "But the journey of truth and reconciliation is far from over"