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April 15, 2016
Lorna Dueck

There is a spiritual side to the First Nation’s suicide crisis in Canada. This blog is about two responses for attending to the much needed care of this national emergency.

Whenever I gather for an event with Aboriginal citizens, I am always struck that their connection to the Creator is so important that nothing starts until we pray. The morning of the 2008 national apology, the only group I knew that was praying that morning in Ottawa, were 100 Aboriginal leaders gathered with a sunrise ceremony on an island in the Ottawa River behind Parliament Hill. 

Already I have been aware of calls Chiefs are making to Aboriginal Christian teams for needed spiritual care in the precarious tensions of remote suicidal angst.   

1. Immediate response; Donate to help evangelist, musician and healer Jonathan Maracle and his team at Broken Walls accept the Chief’s invitation from Attawapiskat to bring spiritual hope to that community. Jonathan has a proven track record of listening and responding to his aboriginal people and their Creator.

As Jonathan says “Restoration of self respect comes when people have a vision and the people need to know that God loves who He has created. The word says he sent his son to die for every tribe, tongue, people and nation.  There are no prerequisites. He loves us all."  

Don’t shrug this off as another fundraising ask, Broken Walls would like to get to Attawapiskat and other communities who have called for help now. It is very difficult to find the funds to do Christian ministry in Aboriginal reserves – please help if you can.  

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2. Long term response; Aboriginal people have been leading their own recovery of the Gospel since the tragedies of doctrine of discovery, colonization, and residential schools were used to decimate their connection to the Creator.  Learn about this spiritual work through NAIITS – an Indigenous learning community that is raising up robust, thoughtful spiritual healers for aboriginal people. Study their papers, sponsor their pastors, cheer on their good work and book a learning time with Terry LeBlanc or others on their team.   As Context has responded to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations, NAIITS has been our go to source on learning how to effectively bring the hope of the Gospel to the founding people of Canada.

Our team has written some great articles and done strong interviews on these issues, read, watch, learn with us.  Let’s get involved in taking action on the spiritual needs of caring for our founding people and their families, their suicides, the suicide watches, the despair is our responsibility too.  



Comments

I too have often wondered about our Canadian brothers and sisters in the north, we call Aboriginals. It it a heartfelt concern I keep in my prayers regularly. I love them and I have often thought there is some mystery connection with our Northern communities and their close ties to creation which the god of this world is blinding our minds to. I felt there was some answer as to the desperate plight of their lives in the article written by Rupert Ross in the Winnipeg Free press, Friday 15, 2016. In secular society and in the Bible Believer's society we know that sins, bondage's and generational curses get passed on to the next generation. Secular society tries to deal with these issues through programs and education which is to their credit. As believers our remedy is faith in God who has broken every curse and bondage through the power of the cross through Jesus Christ. Maybe this is an issue the church of Jesus Christ should pursue and intercede for direction in how to unify and band together in love to fight this spiritual battle of darkness and oppression for our brothers and sisters in the North. If Rupert Ross is right, than it's the least we can do because, we are after all a large part the cause and the blame of this sad catastrophe.
April 17, 2016 | Marileen

Thank you for offering 2 concrete ways to respond. What a great opportunity for Christ-followers across this nation to take even these tiny steps in walking together in reconciliation with our First Nations, Metis and Inuit. If we responded in a ground-swell move of compassion, just think of the encouragement this could be to these communities who are hurting.
April 16, 2016 | Nancy Jane Johnson


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