A Word From Pastor Carl
- Indigenous is an umbrella term for First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.
- Indigenous people in Manitoba make up 18% of the population, the most of any Canadian province.
- 76% of Manitoba First Nations children experience child poverty in their home community, the highest rate in the country.
- Manitoba has one of the highest child apprehension rates in the world, with almost 90% of the children being Indigenous.
- Residential schools for Indigenous children existed in Canada from the 17th century until the late 1990s.
- It is estimated that at least 150,000 First Nation, Inuit, and Métis children attended residential schools during this period.
- We are interested in Truth and Reconciliation at FGMB.
We will have copies of these books in the church library:
- 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act - Bob Joseph (3 copies)
- By Canoe And Dog-Train: Among the Cree and Salteaux Indians - Egerton Young (1882)
- Shi-Shi Etko and Shin-Chi's Canoe by Nicola A. Campbell
- The first is about a young girl who learns valuable lessons before being sent to a residential school. The second features her and her younger brother both going to a residential school where he finds solace in a river and the handmade canoe from his father.
- The Moccasins by Earl Einarson
- An Indigenous foster child is given a gift of moccasins by his foster mom.
- The Orange Shirt Story by Phyllis Webstand
- Tells the story of residential school survivor Phyllis Webstand, the origin of Orange Shirt Day.
Other books relating to this topic:
- The Inconvenient Indian - Thomas King
- Call Me Indian - Fred Sasakamoose
- Indian Givers - Jack Weatherford
- Pathways of Reconciliation - Paulette Regan
- Dancing With a Ghost: Exploring Indian Reality - Rupert Ross
Watch for these opportunities coming in the future to FGMB:
- Adult Sunday School series on Truth & Reconciliation
- Guest speaker(s)
- Kairos Blanket Exercise