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The Refridgerator Factor – A Cross-cultural Belonging Indicator

Midway through Finding Home’s launch dialogue in 2007, where over 155 participants from diverse backgrounds explored the concept of Finding Home in our current global and local contexts, a participant asked, “How do we make sense of all these individual interpretations of what creates home and arrive at a sense of ‘collective home’ where we […]

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Dallaire’s 200 Year Plan

During Finding Home’s launch dialogue, Senator Roméo Dallaire explained we live in an era of globalization and technological development where we have the ability to communicate around the world, with the whole of humanity, in the space of hours; where global issues like the environment have stark consequences for all of humanity. We live in […]

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The Finding Home Story

Like many beginnings, Finding Home grew out of an idea about how the world could be rather than the way it was. In 2000, I worked on human rights in South America and when I returned to Canada she became curious about the nature of collective denial and how to shift human consciousness about our […]

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Transforming Relationships Through Community Theatre

In today’s reconciliation teleconference, participants learned about how a community play transformed relationships between a rural BC town and a local First Nations community. As well as how a video production of the community play led to an invitation from the Transformative Learning Centre of the University of Toronto to members of the two communities […]

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Learning Lessons From South Africa

How can Canada learn from the South African struggles and challenges of transitioning from an Apartheid state? What lessons can we can apply to the Canadian context for reconciliation and justice with regards to Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations? Prakash Diar grew up in South Africa during the Apartheid era. As an Indo-South African and civil […]

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To Live, Love, and Work Amongst Mennonites: A First Nations Mans Perspective

Did you know that Mennonites have a long history of personal and church related relationships with First Nations?  This has led to Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) unique initiative to dismantle racism and build bridges with First Nations communities across North America.  Learn about Harley Eagle‘s, (reflections about commonalities and challenges in developing good relationships between […]

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Jewish – First Nations Joint Initiatives

Three years ago, the media focussed on First Nations leader, David Ahenakew’s anti-semetic remarks; however, there is another story of collaboration and connection between First Nations and Jewish communities. Special Guests Mark Weintraub from the Canadian Jewish Congress and Chief Robert Joseph from the Indian Residential School Survivors Society of BC share stories  about Jewish – […]

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Chinese-Canadian – First Nations reconciliation

Chinese-Canadians and First Nations have an almost forgotten history of collaboration and inter-marriage. For example, do you know that First Nations helped Chinese men survive the harsh discrimination and assaults while working in the mines? Bill Chu, founder of Canadians for Reconciliation and Rosalin Sam, from the Lil’watool First Nations, share insights about Chinese – First […]

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Doukhobor – First Nations Relations

Like many First Nations, Doukhobours also had their children forced into schools. Their common experience around issues such as education and loss of land spurred many Doukhobours to think about their own relationship with local First Nations. J.J Verigen, Executive Director of the Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ and Marilyn James, Sinixt First Nations […]

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Black Canadian – First Nations relations

There has been a long history of resistance and alliance between people of African decent and Native people on Turtle Island / Canada. There has also been some strained relationships where racist stereotyping in both communities have prevented better collaboration and solidarity. Our special guest Janisse Browning joined us for a lively discussion about her […]

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