Being Anglican and Metis

Being Anglican and Metis

Rev. Donald MacKenzie asked me to reflect on what it means to me to be Anglican and Metis. Please know that my response is my own personal view. Other Metis Anglicans will also have a story that will reflect their own journey.

Firstly let me say that when we gather as a Church, we often begin by acknowledging the Land. When we gather as a people of faith and start in this way, it reminds me to be conscious of our setting and our linkages to one another. Indigenous, Settler or New-comer, we come together here in this place and time. We give thanks for the relationship to each other and God the Creator.

The Metis flag.

We come together here on Treaty 1 + 2 territory on the traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, and Oji-Cree peoples and the homeland of the Metis Nation. We are grateful for their stewardship of this land and their hospitality which allows us to live, work, worship and serve God the Creator here.

In my adult years, I became involved with my Metis Nation here in Manitoba, embracing Metis culture, working towards positive changes supporting my community and learning from Elders. I am a busy Anglican Deacon, working full-time in my vocational work at the University of Winnipeg and also serving in community, Continue reading

Shoal Lake 40 Freedom Road

Shoal Lake is located in Eastern Manitoba and the Kenora area of Northwest Ontario. It is best known to most Winnipeggers as the source of our drinking water. It is also home to Shaol Lake 40 First Nation. Shoal Lake 40 First Nation is an Ojibwa or Ontario Saulteaux First Nation located in the Eastman Region of Manitoba and the Kenora District of Ontario.

While we in Winnipeg enjoy fresh, clean water thanks to Shoal Lake, the people of Shoal Lake 40 have been living under a boil water advisory for over 18 years, and have been without a road to their land for over 100. As far as the boil water advisory goes, just think of how frustrated we were when we had a few days of it in Winnipeg, now multiply that by about 1,000 times.

Shoal Lake Freedom Road
St. Philip’s Sign with a message of support for the Shoal Lake 40 Freedom Road project.

The project would cost $30 million with the city of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba each having promised $10 million so far. Continue reading