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Two wonderful resources

1. Creation Care Kids Mini-Curriculum. This series of resources uses stories, activities and Scripture to bring the Laudato Si’ message alive. There are two editions, one for ages 5 – 8 and another for ages 9 – 12. This resource can be ordered from The Pastoral Centre in Alameda, CA.

2. A People’s Curriculum for the Earth. Edited by Bill Bigelow and Tim Swinehart is a Rethinking Schools Publication. The website is www.rethinkingschools.org This resource is good for older students and adults. 

Nk'mip Band First Nations women

Nk'mip Band First Nations women from Oliver are gathering together one evening a week to learn how to bead. So far, earrings, medallions and last week poppies have been made by the group. Some eventually want to learn how to make moccasins. A tradition that was almost lost because of Residential School. I am teaching the beading as I was taught from the elders when working in the Yukon.

An important time to stand with refugees

What a hard week-end this has been. Adding to all the suffering in Paris is the concern about what kind of backlash is being directed at the Syrian refugees. Already there is significant hesitation about Canada accepting Syrian refugees from governments, politicians and social media campaigns. In this time of heaviness, it is important to stand in solidarity with the most vulnerable who are in danger of being further marginalized. Many of the Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters in Toronto are part of the Becoming Neighbours project which welcomes and supports refugees. Becoming Neighbours is very concerned about the anger and blame they are seeing flare up at this time. They are urging us to be a public voice of friendship and welcome by signing one of the two petitions below:

https://secure.avaaz.org/fr/petition/OUI_aux_refugies_Syriens_au_Canada_larrivee_des_25_000_refugies_syriens_en_sol_canadien/?spJZGeb

https://www.change.org/p/petition-in-favour-of-welcoming-syrian-refugees-to-canada?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=442858&alert_id=LGLPZEyJxd_21fYtaZb7ORTg%2Bnoam9El87phqAiu%2FwfhpQoBvSUHwmd%2BxBxvRF%2FzYZxHfKFflZn

or by contacting your federal Member of Parliament to let her or him know that you urge them to continue to honour their pledge to welcome the Syrian refugees to Canada. 

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