Centre for Rural Community Leadership and Ministry
First Nations - Rural Neighbours friendship initiative
This CiRCLE M initiative is an effort to help close the gap between First Nations and their neighboring communities using churches (on reserves and in neighbouring towns) as bridges for conversation and friendship building.
Our project aims to stimulate friendship-building, understanding and cooperation in areas that may be of mutual benefit. We believe that in a spirit of caring and respect, churches can be one of the 'bridge-building' partners since there is a relatively high level of church involvement in both rural and reserve communities.
Our objective is simply to facilitate conversations and provide support so that members of rural and reserve communities can get to know each other’s stories, recognize and talk to each other on the street and on the land, develop understanding and friendship, and perhaps eventually tackle some common community issues together (e.g. youth and elder needs, school and health care cooperation, resource monitoring, and so on—whatever matters to the folks involved).
If you would like more information, or to explore the possibility of involving your congregation and community in such an exciting conversation, please contact Colleen Rickard or Cam Harder at CiRCLe M: 306-966-7867; firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Read about CiRCLe M's work in Alberta: Building Bridges to Reconciliation 2013
Read about churches and a Cree First Nation working together in Saskatchewan: Stony Knoll First Nation Land Claim. click here.
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