Curve Lake gathering 2019. Photo by Bob Root.


I am grateful to share some news around Indigenous Justice and Respectful Relationship. It has been good to meet with Helmut Enns, Rev. Elaine Kellogg, Sharon Hull, and Marilyn Fortin from the Faith Formation, Nurture and Justice Team to do some planning for the year.


Being Good Relations day April 25

Along with Shelley Knott Fife from Curve Lake, the team would like to invite those who are passionate about Truth, Reconciliation, and “Being Good Relations” to consider joining us on April 25 at Curve Lake for a day of listening, learning, and sharing best practices.


Kairos Blanket Exercise

Many congregations are engaging in this work. Kairos Blanket Exercises took place in three locations in our regional council early this year. This is a workshop that explores the nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.


Get to Know Your Neighbour fundraiser

Furthermore, Edith Rankin UC in Kingston is hosting a “Get to Know Your Neighbour” fundraising event/dinner on April 18 for “Shannen’s Dream,” named in loving memory of Shannen Koostachin. This is about making sure that First Nations children and youth have the same education opportunities as others but in ways that respect their language and culture. The event begins at 3 and includes a meal catered by Carol Anne Maracle.Tickets are $25 and can be reserved by sending a cheque to Margaret Merkley. Reach her at 613 384-8490 or margandpetemerkley@gmail.com.

Link to more information: https://ecorcuccan.ca/event/getting-to-know-our-neighbours/


Lenten learning options

If your congregation is looking for a learning opportunity over Lent, you might consider checking out www.moosehidecampaign.ca, a grassroots movement of Indigenous and non-indigenous men and boys who are standing up against violence towards women and children.

Or look at 7 Free Ways to Make a Difference through the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society.


Sacred Water Walk in May

Into the spring, you may want to consider being part of a Sacred Water Walk around Pigeon Lake (in the Kawarthas), May 8-10. I would be pleased to offer more information about this, and other opportunities.

Contact me at 1 800 268-3781 x6164 or RSMerkley@united-church.ca.

Towards Truth, Justice, and Respectful Relationships,


Rev. Rodney Smith-Merkley is the Regional Council Minister for Respectful Relationship and Indigenous Justice