2 November 2015
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5 October 2015
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In the October Issue
Located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River in Québec, the Kahnawà:ke territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) people, faces an issue shared by First Nations communities across the country: the preservation of its language and culture.
Out of a population of approximately 8,000 people, less than 200 speak Kanien’kehá:ka as their first language. The majority of native speakers are elders, whose advancing age means that that number declines further each year.
Referring to the proportion of native speakers, Reaghan Tarbell, executive director of theKanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center, noted, “That really … shows you that a significant number of the population does not know the language, and we need to try and reach our different segments of the population any way we can.”
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2 October 2015
In advance of the annual Sisters in Spirit Vigils, which take place across Canada on Sunday, Oct. 4 to raise awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, the Anglican Church of Canada has provided a resource offering guidelines for prayers and ceremony. Available free online, the resource includes suggested guidelines on creating Sacred Spaces, the lighting of candles to remember those missing and murdered, storytelling, and making commitments for change. It also provides a list of recommended hymns and songs, prayers, and Scripture readings for reflection.
30 September 2015
An annual Gisborne festival that last year erupted into a three-hour riot looks set to be replaced by an alcohol-free gospel version.
Gisborne District Council approved on Thursday a plan to hold the four-day Gospel Roots Tairawhiti Music and Arts Festival at the Awapuni Stadium and nearby campgrounds.
The venue had been home to the annual BW Summer Festival, from 2007 to 2014.
Last year the festival ended in a riot where more than 63 people were arrested and 83 injured.
During a three-hour battle with police a mob of drunken campers set fires, overturned vehicles, hurled objects at police and security guards, and wrecked the campsite.
The new Christian-based festival will be far less riotous, with organisers saying they will not tolerate drinking, smoking, aggressive dancing, stage diving or crowd surfing.
The festival, run by the Gospel Roots Charitable Trust, is an initiative of the Maori Anglican Church in Tairawhiti, and the Anglican Diocese of Waiapu.