Approximately 75 people attended Mark’s presentation which was opened by knowledge keeper Maryanne Kechego of the Chippewa of the Thames First Nation. Mark, a member of the White River First Nation, spoke about his social innovation business, Birchbark Coffee, which gives water purifiers to First Nations’ homes under water advisories. One home (and bag of coffee) at a time Mark is making a difference for First Nations. Andrea Young, a water walker from the Chippewa of the Thames First Nation, responded from her experiences.
Annual Potluck Picnic and Games Sunday, September 1
Canadian Yearly Meeting Saturday, August 3 to Saturday, August 10.
This annual gathering of all Canadian Quakers was in Winnipeg this year and was attended by Marilyn, Carl and Sheila. The theme of CYM this year was joy and despite the overshadowing dread of impending climate and societal chaos we found comfort in each other’s presence. Together we worshiped, sang, grieved, make hard decisions, and celebrated. This annual gathering of all Canadian Quakers was in Winnipeg this year and was attended by Marilyn, Carl and Sheila. CYM 2019 Notes.
What does dying well mean to me? March 3, 2019
A Ministry and Counsel Retreat with presenter Shannon Calvert, an end-of-life educator and support person, with extensive knowledge of alternatives to common end of life practices surrounding death and burial.
- What do we need to know about the funeral/after life process so that we can put our affairs in order?
- What are alternative funerals and burials?
- What are the traditions, Quaker and Christian, around death, and where did they come from
Indigenous Rights in Canada: Past, Present and Future, January 29, 2019
An interactive workshop led by Pat Gere and organized by the Truth and Reconciliation Response Committee. We explored a timeline of Canadian history including the development of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and we interacted with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. The workshop gave context to reconciliation efforts.