The challenge for the Social Justice in Motion Conference was to provide participants with experienced interactive strategies they could use in their own parishes to start a conversation on reconciliation with first Nations and Métis people.
The video “native knowing” by Larry Merculieff, and Aleut Indigenous Messenger and Teacher, underpinned the entire conference. In his talk, Merculieff maintains that Western society works in reverse to First Nations society: the mind informs the heart for nonaboriginals, rather than the heart informing the mind. Aleut children learn by observing their adult mentors and nature, rather than by having their minds filled with other peoples thoughts and conclusions. The message for the conference planners was clear: few words and lots of action and reflection. Sessions were interactive so participants could deepen their understanding not only of the content, but also of the emotional impact from the ensuing conversations. The conference ...Read More