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Welcome to the Native Council of Prince Edward Island (NCPEI).  The Native Council of Prince Edward Island is a Community of Aboriginal People residing off-reserve in traditional Mi'kmaq territory. NCPEI is the self governing authority for all off-reserve Aboriginal people living on Epekwitk (PEI).

~ Vision ~

The vision of Native Council of Prince Edward Island is to have a strong political and structured organization that can deal effectively with other Governments, pursue renewal, while expanding some of its current activities. The Native Council of Prince Edward Island wishes to become strong in its economic development capacity to develop business, tourism, and services for the organization and its members. The council would also like to establish social activities which nurture forth Aboriginal identities, Aboriginal excellence in sports, as well as cultural sensitive programs for children, mother, youth, adults, and Elders. The Native council of Prince Edward Island regards both traditional and contemporary activities as beneficial.

~Holding on to Our Future~

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KAIROS brings unique mass history lesson to PEI

 

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KAIROS brings unique mass history lesson to PEI

Hundreds expected to participate in KAIROS Blanket Exercise in support of Education for Reconciliation

Charlottetown, PEI – On May 28th, KAIROS will engage various partnering organization and provincial residents or citizens in a unique history lesson at the Cole Building, 175 Richmond Street, at 12:30pm. The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a visual and participatory activity that helps people of all ages learn about Canada’s history from the perspective of Indigenous peoples.

This event is part of a national initiative advocating for full implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)’s Call to Action #62.i, which urges provincial governments to ensure that all students learn about Indian Residential Schools (IRS), treaties, and the contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to Canada. This action is part of KAIROS’ Winds of Change campaign, launched last November, to help advance the TRC Calls to Action.

Since the fall, KAIROS members and supporters in PEI and nation-wide have gathered thousands of signatures on petitions in support of Call to Action #62.i. Local members will deliver these petitions to local government ministers and representatives.

This Mass Blanket Exercise is one of many taking place in provincial capitals across the country.

The Canadian government funded the church-run residential schools for 130 years. Former students, their families, and communities continue to suffer inter-generational trauma from the numerous abuses that Indigenous children experienced during this national project of assimilation. The KAIROS Blanket Exercise covers the historical milestones and impacts of colonization in Canada, including the Indian Residential Schools. 

“People who participate in the Blanket Exercise often ask why they didn’t know about these abuses,” says Jenna Burke, lead organizer of the event. “Implementing TRC Call to Action #62.i will help end this ignorance of our history in a generation and facilitate reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.”

Media are invited to participate in the exercise and interview spokespeople.

 

EVENT:               KAIROS Mass Blanket Exercise

LOCATION:         Honourable George Coles Building, 175 Richmond Street

  • In case of Rain, Trinity United Church gymnasium, 220 Richmond Street

DATE & TIME:     May 28th, 2016 at 12:30pm

WHAT:                A unique interactive history lesson from the point of view of Ingenious Peoples, presented by KAIROS PEI.

                          

About the Blanket Exercise:

In 1996, the Aboriginal Rights Coalition (which became part of KAIROS) worked with Indigenous elders and teachers to develop an interactive way to learn the history most Canadians are never taught. KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives has since offered the Blanket Exercise thousands of times, presenting Canada’s history from the perspective of Indigenous peoples.
The exercise uses blankets to represent the lands of what is now called Canada, and the distinct cultures and nations which live on those lands to this day. Participants represent the First Peoples. When they move onto the blankets, they are taken back in time to before the arrival of the Europeans. The Narrator and a European (or two) work with the participants to read a script while the exercise goes through the history of treaty-making, colonization and resistance that resulted in the country we today call Canada.

 

About KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives

KAIROS is a faith-based social justice organization of eleven Canadian churches and religious organizations. It focuses on Indigenous rights, international human rights and ecological justice. We deliberate on issues of common concern, advocate for social change and join with people of faith and goodwill in action for social transformation.

ABORIGINAL SUNDAY at TRINITY/ST. PAUL’S - June 19

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ABORIGINAL SUNDAY at TRINITY/ST. PAUL’S - June 19

Charlottetown, PEI – The 2016 summer solstice will be the 20th anniversary of National Aboriginal Day, recognized by Canada’s indigenous peoples and the Government of Canada.  It’s a celebration of the unique heritage, diverse cultures and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.  Both Anglican and United Churches of Canada are observing the occasion this year on June 19th -- Aboriginal Sunday.

In Charlottetown on that day, Trinity United and St. Paul’s Anglican churches are coming together for a special joint worship service, plus an on-the-lawn ‘fair’ to highlight Aboriginal culture, issues and accomplishment.

Both national church bodies have acknowledged their part in the awful history of the residential schools, and have actively sought to promote reconciliation.  Prompted by the final report of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the two local churches formed a joint committee to urge action by governments and to raise awareness about Aboriginal matters among their parishioners and the wider community.  The group has been considering such issues as the residential schools, murdered and missing women, and the appalling conditions is some communities.  But members also wanted to learn about positive actions and successes, personal and community stories of overcoming adversity and doing well in ‘mainstream’ society while still retaining the distinctive heritage of our country’s original peoples.  There was consultation with representatives of the Abegweit First Nation, Aboriginal Women’s Association, Native Council of PEI and the Department of Education.

One of the projects which the inter-church group undertook as a result was to organize Aboriginal Sunday for June 19th.

“To achieve reconciliation”, says John Clarke, the St. Paul’s priest, “we need better knowledge of one another.  This special Sunday is designed with education in mind, so that we can learn more about the Island’s First Nations peoples.  It’s also a celebration, honouring the rich cultural and practical wisdom inherent in Canadian Aboriginal communities.”

The joint worship service is at Trinity United church, from 10:30 to 11:30 on June 19th.  It will feature special prayers, particularly about our relationship with the natural world.  The sermon will be a talk by Sue Moxley, who until recently was the bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia and PEI, and who has had a strong connection with Aboriginal matters.  Within the service there will be a segment of Mi’kmaq Legends, traditional stories with spiritual themes, performed by the Island’s well-known Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors.  The worship service will be televised Island-wide by Eastlink.

Invitations to join in the service have been extended to representatives of Island Aboriginal groups and provincial, municipal and federal officials.

After the service the congregations will go outside on the Trinity lawn for a sort of ‘fair’: displays about the residential schools and the TRC calls-to-action, the murdered and missing Aboriginal women, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, success stories of PEI and other Aboriginal persons ... and a treat: bannock and molasses, with a background of Mi’kmaq drumming.

June 19th will be a fine occasion to honour Aboriginal peoples, according to Greg Davis, Minister at Trinity United.  “Over the years the church failed them in word and action ... Now it’s time to be active in making things right.  It's important to name the wrongs, but more important to go forward doing what is right.”

The Aboriginal Sunday service starts at 10:30 on June 19th.  Trinity United church is on the corner of Prince and Richmond Streets in downtown Charlottetown.

Contact Information -  Phone: (902) 892-4114   Email: trinityunited@eastlink.ca

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