We acknowledge that we gather for worship on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe
(Ah-nish-in-aah-bay) First Nations. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties, and is within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement. We live this by honouring and respecting the four directions, land, waters, plants, animals, and ancestors that walked before us, their history, spirituality and culture. We acknowledge the land on which we gather is part of the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit.
Legacy Indigenous Peoples Projects
Our support of Indigenous Peoples began in 2016 with our church Book Club where we read Up Ghost River, by Edmund Metatawabin. Edmund Metatawabin is a former First Nations Chief of Fort Albany on the James Bay coast in Northern Ontario and a survivor of the residential school system. In Up Ghost River he details his life in a loving family, his experience in the residential school system, the importance of native teachings, the land and much more.
The group was so moved by his story that funds were collected and donated to purchase and send multiple shipments of fresh fruit (extremely expensive to purchase locally in isolated northern communities) to Early Years child care centres in First Nations communities along the James Bay coast and in areas close to the northern Manitoba/Ontario border.
We have also supported the Fort Albany Market / Good Food Boxes which started over 10 years ago as an off-shoot of the Student Nutrition Program. Since the community and the community members were not able to afford to buy healthy foods for their families, they decided to organize produce markets to help with the food insecurity.
A market is routinely held where fresh fruits & vegetables are available for sale at a significant discount from what can be purchased locally.
We have organized a snowsuit drive for First Nations Children that enabled them to play outside.
The church has organized an annual Document Shredding fundraising event where funds have been donated towards supporting our Indigenous Peoples Projects.
Whale Cove Community
To support a far-Northern Indigenous Peoples Community, Whale Cove, over the summer, we collected 3 food items – small or medium sized bags of regular long-grained rice, small blueberry or strawberry jam and small or medium sized canola oil. These items were taken to St Raphael church to be sent in a container to Whale Cove.
Six Nations Polytechnic Institute Support
We are currently exploring opportunities to support First Nations Heritage Language students at Six Nations Polytechnic Institute.
“Miigwetch” (Thank you!)
Indigenous Authors Library
We have an Indigenous Peoples library at Grace so everyone has the chance to borrow a book and learn more! Any donations of both adult and children’s books would be appreciated!