Kairos Blanket Exercise:
On February 2, 2019, LVUC Social Justice Team hosted the Kairos Blanket Exercise for 33 attendees. This is a participatory history lesson and powerful tool for understanding the indigenous experience in Canada. For more information about this event and other events across Canada, please go HERE.
Water Advisories on Reserves
One of the many things we learned about from the Blanket Exercise and the Book Study of The Inconvenient Indian is the dire situation of water services on many reserves. At any given time there are more than 100 water advisories (each of which could affect up to 5000 people) on Indian Reserves across Canada. This shocked us! The Council of Canadians has launched an advocacy campaign to encourage Prime Minister Trudeau to fulfill his promise made in 2015 to end long-term drinking water advisories on Indian Reserves by 2020.
We submitted letters signed by 34 congregation members/adherents to the Prime Minister, the Minister of Indigenous Services, and Jonathan Wilkinson, our local MP. We received a response from the Prime Minister's Office acknowledging our concerns. See attached file.