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Indigenous Land Acknowledgements: All of the Canadian territory we live on was occupied before European settlement by indigenous communities and it’s good to know about our own local indigenous history. In Ottawa-Gatineau many faith-based communities such as mine, St. Basil’s parish, and provincial and federal government events begin by acknowledging our presence on the unceded traditional land of the Anishinaabe (Algonquin) nation. In Montreal, McGill has information on the indigenous land it sits on and has links to the importance of land acknowledgements at

If you Google land acknowledgement and the name of your location you’ll find your indigenous community history. For example, Halifax and Mi’kmaw. The acknowledgement can be included at the beginning of any prayer or other gathering.

Kathy Kelly, Ottawa associate

Laudato Si. Many of you may remember the work of Kevin Moynihan who lives in Halifax and among other things produced and directed ‘Laudato Si – A Canadian Response.’ Five years later his passion and compassion are greater than ever!! Laudato Si + 5 is the result.

Kevin and his colleagues need help in the distribution if this excellent educational tool is to reach everyone who shares his compassion for Mother Earth. Please click on Kevin’s website below and take a look at his work.–5.html

Would you forward to family, friends and communities and anyone you can think of please? A million thank you’s!

Maura McGrath, CND

Re-membering Women of Resistance and Courage

6-week Lenten study on radical women ancestors from the Hebrew Scriptures and our own time with Jennifer Henry by Zoom Mondays: Feb 22, March 1, March 8, March 15, March 22, March 29

7:00-8:00 pm Eastern time

A dive into six biblical stories of women resistors, stories that both trouble and inspire. We will read absences and complexities and try and keep these memories in creative tension with personal and collective stories of courageous women in our time.

Attend the whole series or an individual session. No preparation required. $10 per session or PWYC

Email:J to register for the series or for one or more sessions and to arrange for payment and access the ZOOM link. Payment can be made by e-transfer or cheque.