August 9: TOUCH THE EARTH
Our gifts for Mission & Service support the work of The Healing Fund as
we walk together in a path of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
We have learned that intergenerational trauma runs deep. The legacy
of Indian Residential Schools continues to affect every generation as
Indigenous parents struggle to educate their children in the ways of their
In spring 2018, six youth travelled from Winnipeg to Sagkeeng First
Nation in Fort Alexander, Manitoba, to attend a Zam-mi-nan aki (“Touch
the Earth”) cultural retreat at the world-renowned Turtle Lodge. At
the three-day retreat, Elders taught the youth some of their traditional
teachings to reconnect them with their culture.
Educating young people about their history, culture, and land and
having them participate in a sweat lodge, ceremonies, and activities
under the guidance of Elders is an incredible way to help youth
gain confidence and leadership skills. They also helped to produce a
documentary video about the retreat, and talk about their experiences
with community members and children.
Josephine Kakegumick writes, “I learned so much—it really opened my
eyes. I want to change myself for the better. I want to know who I am,
I want to learn my language, I want to start dancing more, and I really
want to connect with my culture more. I’ve never realized how much I
need to heal and have some time to myself.”
We are thankful that through our gifts we can offer opportunities for
healing to young people experiencing intergenerational trauma.
If Mission & Service giving is already a regular part of your life, thank
you so much! If you have not given, please join me in making Mission &
Service giving a regular part of your life of faith. Loving our neighbour is
at the heart of our Mission & Service.