Jun 1/2, 2019 – Grey Area: Racism

As we continue in our series entitled, “Grey Area”, this weekend we will be talking about racism. We welcome two guest speakers who will be sharing with us more specifically about Indigenous people and their heart and passion to see reconciliation on this issue in Canada and around the world.

Alison Lefebvre is an ordained minister currently serving as the Director of Flourish Ministry with the Evangelical Missionary Church in Canada and also serves on the Reconciliation Working Group with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. Seven years ago, Alison began a journey of learning and friendship that she describes as the most transformational experience of her life. Alison seeks to further the conversation and process of reconciliation with the indigenous people of Canada. Alison loves crazy adventures with her family and friends, reading, sports and exploring the mountains. She and her husband, Mark live in Didsbury, Alberta with a lovely Border Collie named Winnie.

Major Shari Russell is Anishinaabe/Saulteaux registered with Yellow Quill First Nation in Saskatchewan. She is part of the 60s scoop and has reconnected with her biological family. As a Salvation Army Officer, Shari’s appointment as the Territorial Indigenous Ministries Consultant for the Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda involves teaching cultural awareness and empowering Indigenous leaders. She is currently the Chair of the Board for Indigenous Pathways (NAIITS). Shari is married to Robert and together have 3 children – Charles, Gavin and Brannon.

Let’s give a warm welcome to Alison and Shari for joining us this weekend!

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) was launched in 2008 as part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. It was intended to be a process that would guide Canadians through the difficult discovery of the facts surrounding the residential school system and lay the foundation for lasting reconciliation across Canada. trc.ca

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