Singing their longings- a beautiful sound

photo-3They sing from their hearts ~ waving flags and donning hats, keffiyehs and scarves with green, white, black and red ~ colours of Palestine. Mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, young people and small children ~ all gathering to sing a haunting melody about the beauty of their county ~ about pride and longing ~ about freedom… Continue reading

The fight against tar sands is about more than the environment

 

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Like many indigenous people in the environmental justice movement I have never considered myself an environmentalist. I am a defender of indigenous rights and a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) or K’ai Taile Denesuline, the people of the willow, a reference to the Athabasca Delta, in what is now Canada, where my people have lived since time immemorial. My forebears signed a treaty with the government in 1899 to protect and preserve the rights of the Denesuline community but our culture is now in the cross hairs of the largest industrial giga-project on the planet, the Alberta tar sands. Continue reading

Inhospitable Planet

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Evidence for flowing water on Mars – this opens up the possibility of life; of wonders we cannot begin to imagine. Its discovery is an astonishing achievement. Meanwhile, Martian scientists continue their search for intelligent life on Earth.

We might be captivated by the thought of organisms on another planet, but we seem to have lost interest in our own. Continue reading

First Nations treasure historic ties to water

Scarred marks deep in rock beside Fraser River (near Yale) at “thexlis” (gritting his teeth) — picture of hand of Sonny McHalsie of the Stolo Nation by one of the slash marks. They believe marks made by “transformer” who dug his nails into rocks. These very marks were shown to Simon Fraser on June 28th/1808. Photograph by: Bill Keay , vancouver sun

Scarred marks deep in rock beside Fraser River (near Yale) at “thexlis” (gritting his teeth) — picture of hand of Sonny McHalsie of the Stolo Nation by one of the slash marks. They believe marks made by “transformer” who dug his nails into rocks. These very marks were shown to Simon Fraser on June 28th/1808.

Photograph by: Bill Keay , vancouver sun

 

From mossy rainforest to sage brush desert, water pulses through B.C.’s First Nations cultures as powerfully as the tides, rivers and rains that shaped and sustain the landscape we all inhabit together, plants, animals and people alike.

And if, as climate science suggests, the drought of 2015 is a herald of the future, water and First Nations’ prior rights to it promise to dramatically reconfigure the business and political landscape. Continue reading

Church Ahead: Eucharistic Omnipresence

I believe that Church Ahead, the church out of sight but just around the bend, is Eucharistic, Evangelical, and Ecumenical.  It celebrates incarnation and the embodiment of God in the world; it shares good news of healing of persons and the planet; and it embraces the whole earth, excluding no healthy spiritual pathway. Continue reading