A worship opening remembering & recognizing that *we* are treaty #idlenomore

I’m a minister in The United Church of Canada. I’ve been asking myself What would it do if we began each worship service in the Christian congregations we serve with:

“Giving thanks to the Creator of all things,
we acknowledge that we gather on the traditional lands
of people of the Katzie First Nation (in the case of where I live and serve.)
May we find ways of seeking justice,
of loving kindness
and walking humbly – together.”

I wonder what that reminder would do to us
and to our relations with our First Nations neighbours…
and to our living out of “loving God, loving our neighbours as we love ourselves.”

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  1. I got an email asking me why I consider us Non-First-Nations-folks “treaty.”

    From my perspective, entering into a treaty takes two partners. In our case, that’s the people of the First Nations and the people of Canada. So we both have “treaty rights and obligations,” just different ones depending on whether we’re “the party of the first part” or “the party of the second part.”

    From my reading, the government of Canada (in a democracy, that’s *us*) hasn’t done well at living out our obligations.

  2. If, only, the BC natives had a treaty. Last I was aware the Katzie Band were not signatory to any treaty; as is the case with the vast majority of Bands in BC. It makes referring to your treaty rights and obligations problematic since technically without a treaty the land on which you live is stolen, and until one is signed referring to oneself as treaty a tad disingenuous.

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