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Lunch & Conversation 

Next session: April 21 (Registration now open)

12:00 – 2:00 pm (Following the 10 am Sunday Service and Coffee Hour)

With Kerry Baisley, Missioner for Indigenous Justice for the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster since 2020.

In the first of this 3-part event series, Sing a New Song, we look at the Doctrine of Discovery and its significance.

The idea that the land is something to be controlled, and to which one claims ownership, is a Western/European/American perspective. First Nation’s people didn’t think they owned it; land is to be shared. The Indigenous injustice in Canada all started with ‘The Doctrine of Discovery,’ a document granting settlers permission to take land. 

These three sessions are an invitation to explore our perspectives, ask ourselves important questions, and discover a definition of reconciliation and a path to establish mutually respectful relationships.

Session 1     Exploring the Doctrine of Discovery - February 18 

This session focuses on the Anglican Church of Canada’s video, Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts which looks at the Doctrine of Discovery and the effects it has had on perspectives towards land, First Nations, Metis and Inuit Peoples, and attitudes about ownership.

We will watch the video and then explore questions in small group discussions.

Session 2     Exploring Truth and Reconciliation - April 21

How do you define the word “Reconciliation?”

We will explore how the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was formed and the 94 Calls to Action contained in the report.

Working with Craft and Regan’s book Pathways of Reconciliation we will explore a variety of pathways or processes that support the work of Reconciliation.

Session 3     Exploring Ways Forward - June 23

Our final session is an opportunity for beginnings. 

It is an opportunity to explore community activities ranging from Conservation, Supporting Cultural Practices, attending PowWows and  Learning what First Nations, Metis and Inuit Youth are doing musically in their communities, to name but a few of the many activities that may promote Being a Good Ancestor.

Kerry previously worked for over 35 years in public service in positions that have included Emergency Child Welfare, Regional Social Worker in the Yukon, and Medical Social Work in Residential Care.  He was Manager for Health Care Decisions with the Public Guardian and Trustee of BC and retired as Director of Client Relations and Risk Management in Richmond Hospital with Vancouver Coastal Health. Kerry is a past Board Member of the 127 Society for Housing and a member of the Métis Nation of British Columbia.

All are welcome and encouraged to learn, listen, and lunch together. Please bring your own lunch.

Please register . (Each session requires separate registration as the date nears.)

This is a no-fee event – donations are gratefully accepted.

Registration for April 21 is now open.

For more info, contact Lorie at

Sing a New Song - Title credit to Julie Ferguson