BOOK LAUNCH - "A Letter to Cody" by Mitchell Moise

BOOK LAUNCH - "A Letter to Cody" by Mitchell Moise

On National Aboriginal Day, June 21, 2017, Devon United Church is honoured to host the launch of a self-published book by Mr. Mitchell Moise. An Aboriginal man of Ojibway decent from Southeast Saskatchewan, Mr. Moise’s book takes the form of an extended letter to his now adult son.

In it, Mr. Moise tries to make sense of his absence from his son’s life due to his incarceration for most of that time. What takes shape is a reflection that is both poetic and highly personal, but also shows a keen understanding of Canadian history and how it has impacted First Nations people. 

As Rev. Dirk reminds us in the foreward to the book:  "In August 2016, during a service remembering the 30th Anniversary of The United Church of Canada's Apology to First Nations, one of our members, Rochelle Sato, being “moved by the Spirit,” told us about a former student of hers, an Aboriginal man named Mitchell. “Mitchell,” Rochelle said, “has done some moving writing about the effects of residential schools on his family and on him,” and she was looking for funding to publish it...The immediate response was spontaneous, heartfelt applause that we all understood to be a “Yes!” to Rochelle's request."

We invite you to join us for the launch of this important message reflecting the ongoing effects of the residential school system.

IN PREPARATION, we invite you to join us for "Two Tuesdays Discussion" on June 13 and 20 from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm.  All are welcome.

On June 13 - In 1493, a decree from the pope established the “Doctrine of Discovery”. It became the basis for how Europeans have treated Aboriginal peoples in the Americas for more than 500 years. We will discuss this concept and its consequences by reviewing some history, reading some of the document itself and watching some video clips.

On June 20 - Building on last week’s discussion of The Doctrine of Discovery, we will talk about the United Church of Canada’s policies and practices around relationships with First Nations peoples. We will also explore what we can do in response to the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada published in 2015.

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