For discussion

September 25, 2013 | Feature | Number 19
By Barb Draper |

1. Have you ever had an experience where you felt unjustly treated and there didn’t seem to be a way to make it right? How did you respond to those feelings of injustice? What happens in the long-term to individuals who struggle with ongoing injustice? How important is it to have past hurts recognized and validated?

2. What are the similarities and differences between South Africa and Canada when it comes to the suffering of, and racism against, their indigenous peoples? Is Canada’s reserve system a kind of apartheid? What are some ways that we unconsciously express prejudice against another race or culture? Are our attitudes changing?

3. How effective has the Truth and Reconciliation Commission been in Canada? What are the major challenges facing indigenous communities? How much is the high poverty rate of first nations a result of government policy? What should be Canada’s next steps in working towards healing for indigenous families?

4. What role can the church play in supporting indigenous people? What will it mean to “move forward together”? Where do you see hope in the settler/indigenous relationship?

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