National Aboriginal Day!

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“On June 21, celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis!” Government of Canada

Like never before, Aboriginal inclusion, history, and reconciliation is the glacier that moves slowly but inexorably over the land. There is a lot of work to do, and it symbolically right that it takes the longest day of the year to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

It is no coincidence that I follow up the holocaust memorial of “Six Million… and One” (last week) with Canada’s own genocide of the First Nations. They are different but the same; these genocides want to be ignored, forgotten, or just passed by in the name of moving on, but there will be no moving on without remembrance; there will be peace without justice. We need truth and reconciliation.

Truth & Reconciliation in action

These two words form a fine duet, don’t they? It really is a peace-loving concept (for more, go to “Truth & Reconciliation“).

I certainly don’t have anything to add to the content; I have only to add by doing truth and reconciliation; I have only to subtract by the long journey of undoing.

Truth & Reconciliation in Person

For more truth and reconciliation – go the One who made you for Himself:

I am the way, the truth and the life, no one come to the Father except through me.

John 14:6

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.  All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

II Corinthians 5:17-19

He who knew no sin, became sin

Like never before, Christians in Canada have an opportunity to live out the message of reconciliation that was lost after first contact with First Nations peoples.

If this is a second chance in a nation that scorns Christian faith, I will take it with all the humility and humiliation that goes with it, for it is Christ Himself who become the sum total of all our indignity & ignominy in order to reconcile us to Himself.

This is more enigma than dogma…