Magazine article Anglican Journal

Hannah

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Hannah

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HANNAH is a friend of mine who lives in Fort McPherson in the Northwest Territories. As a deacon, she ministers in the Parish of St. Matthew. I first met her at the Sacred Circle in Port Elgin in 2009. I was moved by hearing something of her experience in an Indian residential school, including how on one occasion when the teacher threw a chalkboard eraser at her, she promptly picked it up and threw it back at him!

A Gwich'in by birth, Hannah is a member of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples, and I am always happy to see her and to hear her speak and pray.

This month, she and many others will welcome all who gather in Inuvik for the second national event of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Recently the chair, Mr. Justice Murray Sinclair, posed the following questions for everyone. What is your understanding of reconciliation? What are the signs that it is beginning to happen? What does it ultimately look like?

These powerful questions draw us into reflection and conversation that must be marked by a posture of respectful listening and learning. …

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