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Truth and Reconciliation Conference Past

Published on April 1, 2014 by

IMG_1457On March 27 and 28 the Kings University College community had our semi annual Interdisciplinary Studies conference here at the Kings University College as well as at the Shaw Conference Centre.  This semester’s conference was done a bit differently than in years past. First off, the Winter semester IS conference usually happens in January but the TRC National event was happening this month so it was ideal to combine our conference with this powerful, historical event.  On Day 1, our students were introduced to The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and heard many stories about residential schools, mostly from survivors here on campus. On day 2, students were provided transportation to and from the Shaw Conference Centre to take in the day at the Shaw Conference Centre. Students were also given the unique assignment through Project of Heart  of decorating a wooden tile and attaching it to a card that would be given to a residential school survivor.

For those curious about the Role of the Churches in residential schools, click here to see two of our presenters’ Cecile Fausak and Travis Enright’s powerpoint presentation: Role of the churches – March 27 2014.

I.S. Conference | Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada | Expression of Reconciliation

On Saturday, March 29, Kings President Melanie Humphreys gave an King’s Expression of Reconciliation 2014 on behalf of King’s stating how it is important to learn about the history and impact of residential schools. The Kings community listened to the experiences of survivors, were moved by their tears, inspired by their courage, and impelled to seek greater understanding of pathways to healing and hope. As an expression of our commitment of respect and cooperation with the Aboriginal peoples of this land, The Kings Community will plant a commemorative garden on our campus and decorate a wooden park bench with commemorative wooden tiles from Project of Heart. At the event, the Commissioners expressed their thanks for the Expression of Reconciliation and indicated that they look forward to sitting on the bench with us.

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reForming Relationships: Debriefing the TRC

Published on March 25, 2014 by


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We Were Children – Free Screenings

Published on March 19, 2014 by

 In preparation for the Truth and Reconciliation conference we are offering two free screenings of We Were Children at
The Kings University College, 9125 — 50 Street, Edmonton, AB.

Thursday, March 20 at 7pm

Wednesday, March 26 at 7pm

In Room L116


We Were Children is a 2012 Canadian documentary film about the experiences of First Nations children in the Canadian Indian residential school system.

For over 130 years till 1996, more than 100,000 of Canada’s First Nations children were legally required to attend government-funded schools run by various Christian faiths. There were 80 of these ‘residential schools’ across the country. Most children were sent to faraway schools that separated them from their families and traditional land. These children endured brutality, physical hardship, mental degradation, and the complete erasure of their culture. The schools were part of a wider program of assimilation designed to integrate the native population into ‘Canadian society.’ These schools were established with the express purpose ‘To kill the Indian in the child.’ Told through their own voices, ‘We Were Children’ is the shocking true story of two such children: Glen Anaquod and Lyna Hart.


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Edmonton, May 12–13: Are We There Yet? Economic Justice and the Common Good

Published on March 18, 2014 by

Registration is now open for Are We There Yet? Economic Justice and the Common Good, a major conference co-hosted by the ICS Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics and The King’s University College in Edmonton Alberta, May 12 & 13, 2014..

While economic issues dominate Canada’s political agenda, protest movements like Occupy and Idle No More signal growing concern about the effects of the free market on the environment and the health of Canadian society. Disagreement about these effects often divides us while opportunities for dialogue remain relatively rare. This conference seeks to set a hospitable table around which a broad range of opinions, political perspectives, and socio-economic experiences can be gathered and shared in a spirit of solidarity and mutual respect.

The conference takes place in Edmonton on the King’s University College campus.  On-campus accomodations are available.  Visit the conference website thereyet.ca for more information, registration and updates.  Take advantage of the early-bird specials!

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Roy Berkenbosch Honoured as a ROOPF 2014 Finalist

Published on March 16, 2014 by

We are very proud because last week Roy Berkenbosch was honoured as a ROOPF 2014 finalist by Homeward Trust. The event took place at the Westin downtown. ROOPF, in case you don’t know, stands for “Recognizing Outstanding Organizations and People in Housing,” and Homeward Trust is one of Edmonton’s primary agencies charged with ending homelessness in our city. Roy’s particular citation was for “Outstanding Service for the Aboriginal Community,” especially for his leadership and engagement through the IS conferences on the legacies of residential schools and his outreach to aboriginal communities through the Micah Centre. More finalists here: http://www.homewardtrust.ca/announcements/index.php?id=108

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One Year In: The Joyful Surprise of Pope Francis

Published on March 16, 2014 by

Today the world celebrates Pope Francis’ first year. Notice I didn’t say the church is celebrating, but the world. The pope has graced the covers of every magazine from TIME to Rolling Stone over the past year. People all over the world are delighted by the breath of fresh air he has brought. His popularity has moved beyond Catholics to Christians of all kinds, believers from other faith traditions, agnostics, and the “nones,” who are very drawn to this pope who emphasizes love and simple living.

Pope Francis at the Vatican on March 5, giulio napolitano / Shutterstock.com

Pope Francis at the Vatican on March 5, giulio napolitano / Shutterstock.comBut the pope said last week that he is not a “ superman” and does not want to be a celebrity. He is just trying to talk and live like Jesus, a point he makes repeatedly to shrug off his media darling standing. From the moment he took the name Francis, he made clear his, and thus the church’s priorities: the poor, peace, and the creation. Francis is now challenging the most powerful people and places in the world, as well as a popular culture that mostly asks how we can serve ourselves.

Pope Francis is right: it is not about him; it’s about the Christ he follows. Everything Francis is saying and doing is aimed at pressing this question: Are Christians going to follow Jesus or not? That should be the question on the first anniversary of this new pope. Are we Christians ready and willing to follow Jesus? How can we then serve the world?

Read the rest here: http://sojo.net/blogs/2014/03/13/one-year-joyful-surprise-pope-francis#.UyIjXHoPm1E.email

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‘Older Than America’ screening by Homeward Trust

Published on February 13, 2014 by

2014-02-10-16-44event poster‘Older than America’ Film Screening

Older Than America director, writer and actor Georgina Lightning will be joined by Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Chief Wilton Littlechild to present her film, discuss residential schools and intergenerational trauma and have a question & answer session after the film.

Thursday, February 27 at the Art Gallery of Alberta
Reception: 5:15 pm
Program: 6:15 pm
Film Screening: 6:30 pm

Free of charge. Please RSVP early as space is limited.

Reserve your seat now or visit https://olderthanamerica.eventbrite.ca.

About the film:

A woman’s haunting visions reveal a Catholic priest’s sinister plot to silence her mother from speaking the truth about the atrocities that took place at her Native American boarding school. A contemporary drama of suspense, Older Than America delves into the lasting impact of the cultural genocide and loss of identity that occurred at these institutions across the United States and Canada.

Adam Beach
Bradly Cooper
Georgina Lightning


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WEA Joins Other Christian Bodies in Calling upon Geneva II Participants to Pursue Just Peace in Syria

Published on January 23, 2014 by
WEA Joins Other Christian Bodies in Calling upon Geneva II Participants to Pursue Just Peace in Syria

New York, NY – January 21, 2014

The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) joins other Christian bodies in calling upon the participants of the Geneva II conference to pursue just peace in Syria. The WEA fully endorses the statement ‘an urgent call to action for a just peace in Syria’ that was prepared by Christian leaders from Syria, the Middle

East Council of Churches, the World Council of Churches, and the Holy See.

The statement urges Geneva II participants to ‘pursue an immediate cessation of all armed confrontation and hostility within Syria’, to ‘ensure that all vulnerable communities in Syria and refugees in neighboring countries receive appropriate humanitarian assistance’, and to ‘develop a comprehensive and inclusive process toward establishing a just peace and rebuilding Syria.’

Amidst the civil war that has developed in Syria since early 2011 and all the related suffering, there is strong evidence that in some parts of the country Christians are suffering simply for being Christians.

“We are deeply concerned for the Christian community in Syria. Like all minority groups they need protection from the very real threats that have been made against them. In addition, it is imperative that as the future shape of Syria is being determined, Christians who have had a presence in the land for two thousand years be represented,” said Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, Secretary General of the WEA.

Christian leaders in Syria have asked the WEA and the worldwide Christian community to join them in their prayers for the Geneva II conference. Specifically that individual agendas of both parties will be laid aside, keeping the interest of the people of Syria in mind; that the conference will have the goal to cleanse Syria from all fanatical and fundamentalist groups on all sides; and that the Church will play a major part in reconciliation.

Furthermore, the WEA also urges the international community to support Syria’s neighboring countries that are serving as hosts to myriads of refugees.

“With the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries we are calling upon the worldwide Christian community to join governments, international civil society agencies and the United Nations in increasing its humanitarian aid,” Dr. Tunnicliffe said. “It would be an absolute disaster if these host countries were severely de-stabilized by the magnitude of the influx of vulnerable people.”

At a gathering of United States Congress members and high level diplomats in the US State Department in Washington last week, Dr. Tunnicliffe spoke about the importance of the protection of Christian minorities in Syria, the need for increased financial support for Christian aid agencies working with Syrian refugees, and the acceptance of more Syrian refugees into the US.

The National Association of Evangelicals, the WEA’s national body in the United States, together with World Relief have also issued a statement on the Syrian Refugee Crisis, asking the US government to ‘increase its support in order to ensure that civilians are protected, displaced persons are assisted, and those in urgent need of protection are resettled to a third country.’

“With the Geneva II conference beginning tomorrow, we encourage Christians worldwide to pray for Syria, its suffering people, those who seek refuge and especially our brothers and sisters in Christ,” Dr. Tunnicliffe concluded.

See also:
> Statement: An urgent call to action for a just peace in Syria
> NAE, World Relief: Statement for the Hearing on the Syrian Refugee Crisis before the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights

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Citadel Forum on Homelessness and Affordable Housing in Edmonton

Published on January 14, 2014 by

Won’t You Be My Neighbour?  A Community Forum on Ending Homelessness & Creating Affordable Housing in Edmonton

A Citadel Theatre Beyond the Stage Presentation

Date:     Saturday, January 18, 2014.

Time:     10 AM – 3 PM

Venue: Shoctor Theatre Lobby, Citadel Theatre Complex  (seating: 160)


Edmonton is a dynamic and rapidly growing city; its economy fueled in good measure by development of the Athabasca oil sands to the north. People are flocking to Alberta by the thousands in search of good jobs and a better lifestyle. New Canadian immigrants are increasingly drawn to Edmonton as their new hometown, as are Canadians migrating from other parts of the country. Fully a quarter of Edmonton’s population is made up of visible minorities and the city has one of the fast growing populations of First Nations city-dwellers in the country.

One predictable result of such robust growth is a tight and increasingly expensive real estate market and a rental vacancy rate of only 1.4 per cent. While Edmonton is still considered an affordable city compared to Toronto and Vancouver, there’s no question that the cost of having a roof over one’s head is going up.

This creates real stresses and risks for people with marginal and fixed incomes. Whether a single mother with children at home, a new immigrant family just trying to find their feet, or a senior trying to live on a modest pension and renting, many can find themselves at risk of slipping into the ultimate insecurity of homelessness

- See more at: http://www.citadeltheatre.com/citadel-forum-on-homelessness-and-affordable-housing-in-edmonton-program/#sthash.e6UxXVH8.dpuf

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Truth and Reconciliation Course Starts Tonight!

Published on January 8, 2014 by

First Nations peoples have had a long and often painful history in relation to Canada. Perhaps the most painful episode is that of the era of residential schools. Although the last residential school has long been closed, the turbulent legacy of those schools continues to reverberate through the generations. This course examines the history and legacies of the Indian Residential schools, the government apology, the Settlement agreement and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Students will hear the testimony of survivors, encounter their resilience, learn of steps taken by government and church officials to own their respective roles and experience first hand the possibilities of reconciliation.

This course will be facilitated by Will Van Arragon (history) and Roy Berkenbosch (theology) and will consist of guest lectures, readings, films and personal encounters. Wednesday’s 6:30-9:20pm, unless otherwise noted. All classes take place in Room N206 unless otherwise noted.

The nature of the subject material is so vital for all Canadians that we warmly welcome all members of the public to attend the course, entirely or in part at no cost, although we also welcome donations to help defray expenses. For more
information contact either roy.berkenbosch@kingsu.ca or will.vanarragon@kingsu.ca.

More information on the course and a complete schedule of speakers and presentations is available on this site http://micahcentre.ca/truth-and-reconciliation-commission/.

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