It was windy but warm and sunny at 1410 Nanton for the Aboriginal Day Feast and Celebration held on the green space between the Trendell Lounge, (the facility shared by the Synod Office and St. John’s, Shaughnessy) and the Church.
Last year on July 25 the first such event was held and it was decided that this year it be held closer to Canada’s National Indigenous People’s Day which is celebrated on June 21.
Diocesan Indigenous Justice Ministry Coordinator, Nii K’an Kwsdins (Jerry Adams) put a great program together and also arranged for a delicious catered lunch of seafood, hearty soup, salads and other treats both savoury and sweet.
The welcome was given by the Venerable Douglas Fenton, Executive Archdeacon of the Diocese and Archdeacon of Vancouver and the event’s MC was Jerry, who made everyone in attendance feel very welcome.
There were three cultural performances:
- Kwhlii Gibaygum Nisga’a Dancers
- V’ni Dansi, Yvonne Chartrand Metis Dansers
- Love Medicine, the Big Drum
and two speakers; CEO Kevin Barlow, Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council and Constable Rick Lavallee VPD.
Article by Randy Murray https://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/news/aboriginal-day-celebration-and-feast-at-the-synod-office Accessed 20th June 2019)
It strikes me with the Corpus Christi Mass coming this evening (I’m writing on Thursday) that the body of Christ is far more complex, far reaching and beautiful than we can ever understand, The Spirit was moving and present in the celebration yesterday and I look forward to the next time that I will be invited to share and learn with the First Nations and Metis of this place we are blessed to call home.
See you soon,