Aboriginal Non Aboriginal Relations Community (ANARC)

Our community began as a ministry in 2009 in response to a request by the Bishop that the Archdiocese reach out to our Aboriginal brothers and sisters in the city of Regina. The ministry team has morphed into a community of Indigenous and Non Indigenous persons coming together to get to know one another, build relationships, share stories of pain and struggle, of strength and hope, to heal, reconcile, and find a way forward together.

ANARC’s vision , simply put is relationships. Our mission is to help facilitate good relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples…to journey together inter-culturally, rooted in truth, justice, love and humility.  (“To act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8)

In order for a community to be vibrant and alive, relationships have to be strong. It has become clear that in order for reconciliation and right relationships to happen between peoples, both groups need to come together to learn from one another and get to know each other. We often underestimate the value of “presence” but it really makes a difference in peoples’ lives when we can just “be” together. One of the core events that this is happening is our monthly potluck and sharing circle, where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people come together in an ecumenical spirit. This monthly gathering has been one of the best ways to build bridges as community is forming among the people. It has created a space for people to encounter one another, where people feel listened to and where friendships are growing. All are welcome!

Among all our different initiatives and efforts for right relationships, healing and reconciliation, we have 6 main goals:

1)      To gather: to gather together to build relationships within and between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.
2)      To educate: to provide teaching rooted in the Medicine Wheel and Sacred Scripture, fostering holistic health and growth.
3)      To engage: to engage Elders and members from the Aboriginal and Christian communities, reclaiming our identities, and moving towards a mutual cross-cultural living directed towards integration.
4)      To build up: to build community; partnerships; liaison with other organizations and groups.
5)      To tear down: to help tear down the barriers of racism and prejudice.
6)      To heal: to foster healing and reconciliation within and between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. 

To learn more or get involved, contact Sr. RéAnne Letourneau: 306-540-3686

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