Reconciliation in our Watershed
Friday April 26th 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Saturday April 27th 9:30am – 4:00pm
$30 – $50 sliding scale
Saturday lunch is included
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Speakers include: Dr Gail Krantzberg, McMaster University and Bob Morris, Credit Valley Conservation Authority.
We will be guided by Cat Criger, Elder in Residence at University of Toronto Mississauga.
UCM is proud to sponsor Reconciliation in our Watershed, a KAIROS workshop that offers learning, listening and action opportunities on local water issues. We seek to develop a connection with the watershed in which we live, on a path towards reconciled relationships with Indigenous Peoples. An elder will be present to guide us.
Wherever we live we are part of a watershed, an interdependent eco-system nested in a larger eco-system, which is also a watershed. We all have a relationship with the bodies of water that sustain our lives and we too are living parts of a watershed. Water is the ultimate connector, connecting us to all other living things, to the ancestors who have lived on the land before us, and to the generations who will live on the land after us.
In Canada, our watersheds continue to be threatened by mining, fracking, oil exploration, pipeline development, agriculture, water bottling, and more. These impacts have also damaged the relationship between non-Indigenous and Indigenous Peoples, the original protectors of the watershed.
Renewing relationships is at the heart of KAIROS Canada’s Reconciliation in the Watershed program, which is intended to increase the number and diversity of Canadians who are knowledgeable about their immediate watershed and able to identify issue related to its protection; and build relationships with Indigenous peoples.
Join us at UCM for this important experience, where we will learn about our local Credit River watershed from an indigenous perspective, hear about current threats, and what we can do to protect the waters. This is an interactive workshop, guided by an indigenous elder and a KAIROS facilitator.
KAIROS is an ecumenical organization working for ecological justice and human rights, administered by the United Church of Canada. We have previously hosted the KAIROS blanket exercise which is a participatory popular education experience with the goal to build understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and nonIndigenous peoples in Canada by walking through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. This was a moving and insightful experience for all involved, and the Watershed workshop will be no different!
A significant workshop for educators, environmentalists, activists and those interested in local issues. UCM is a welcoming congregation.