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Journey to Right Relations promises deeper understanding

NEWS RELEASE EMMANUEL UNITED CHURCH ************************* The 8 th Annual Speakers’ Series hosted by Emmanuel United Church here in Sault Ste.
The 8th Annual Speakers’ Series hosted by Emmanuel United Church here in Sault Ste.Marie promises to be a moving and persuasive invitation to involve one’s self in developing relationships between members of the First Nations community and the non-Native population.
A three-week long “Journey to Right Relations” will engage keynote speakers and provide information in order to gain a deeper understanding of our shared history and examine different facets of our joint legacy.
We will begin the series by gathering on the evening of November 3 at 7 p.m. to view the award winning National Film Board of Canada “We Were Children”, followed by an opportunity to discuss the long-lasting and diverse impact of the Residential School
experience on First Nation communities.
On November 10 at 7:00 p.m., we welcome The United Church of Canada’s Rev. Will Kunder who will speak about the actions taken on the part of the United Church to live out our apologies of 1986 and 1998 by exploring the partnership that has developed as we seek to improve relations between diverse communities.
Batchewana First Nations Chief Dean Sayers and Algoma University Professor Theresa Binda will close the series on November 17 at 7 p.m. by speaking to the strength of resilience and the sparks of hope that reside within the local First Nation communities.
Funded in part by the London Conference Right Relations Committee, the series is free and will feature displays from the Shingwauk Residential School Centre, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and The United Church of Canada’s Healing Fund.
Discussion follows every presentation where questions are welcome and dialogue is encouraged.
Emmanuel United Church is located on the corner of Bennett Boulevard and Boundary Road.
The church is fully accessible. For more information on the series, please contact the Church Office at 705 946-4949.