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Category: Community & Justice Leadership

A letter to Premier François Legault signed by Conseil régional Nakonha:ka Regional Council's Executive Minister, Rev. Rosemary Lambie and representatives of the Living in Right Relations Circle and Justice and Community Leadership team, has been sent to express solidarity in protesting the systemic racism that played a role in the tragic death of Joyce Echaquan in Joliette Hospital. Download the letter: http://bit.ly/2020-10-26-Letter-JoyceEchaquan-E

Ottawa, September 22, 2020 – MiningWatch Canada and the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP-Canada) have launched an electronic Parliamentary Petition in response to increasing extrajudicial attacks on civilians and human rights defenders in the Philippines since 2016. “The Philippines is now one of the two most dangerous countries for those who defend human and environmental rights according to Global Witness,” says Patricia Lisson of ICHRP-Canada,...

In light of Nakonha:ka Regional’s commitment to the ministries and work in the Philippines, I would like to share with you a short reflection I was asked to write by the World Council of Churches (WCC) on my human rights pilgrimage to the Philippines last August 2019. The WCC in partnership with the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) embarked on a Pilgrim Team Visit to the Philippines from 09 to 13 August 2019, to listen, learn, and bear witness to the country's escalating...

On July 28, 2020, Rev. Shaun Fryday (chair of Justice and Community Leadership and minister at Beaconsfield United Church) and David-Roger Gagnon (Regional Council staff member responsible for Networks and Clusters) made a pilgrimage to the memorial monument dedicated to Le Grand Dérangement de l’Acadie at Parc des Cultures in Saint-Jacques, Quebec. In this blog post, David-Roger shares some reflections about the history and involvement of the United Church of Canada in the...

Dear Members of the Congregation Kol Yehoudah, On behalf of the United Church of Canada, in the Conseil régional Nakonha:ka Regional council, and through the support of its Justice and Community Leadership Team, we are reaching out to you after hearing of the vandalism done to your synagogue in recent weeks. We wish to express our deep sadness upon hearing of this.  Even though it is possible that your worship site was not specifically targeted as such, any vandalism of any worship site is an...

I want to begin here today with a caveat; while I think many contemporary issues young families face can be tackled with a beautiful children’s book in hand, I am wary of education as being the singular approach that many white people take to combatting racism. We all have to go beyond the book clubs and act bravely to move our society to a new place. Simply talking and learning are not enough. I do believe in education, and I believe that anti-racist education, which moves beyond...