CBWOQ statement on the discovery of the bodies of 215 Indigenous children
(June 2021)

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the discovery of the bodies of 215 indigenous children. Let us consider the tragedy of each one of the children and their families, and a whole new generation re-traumatized by the discovery of their bodies. Let us also lament that this was done in the name of Christ.

How was this allowed to happen? Racism. Racism blinds people. Then systemic racism blocks others from making changes.

This issue is not peripheral to faith. It is at the core of mission.
Think of all the people whose hearts are hardened to the gospel as they hear this news. Even if this wasn’t the case, justice is the nature and desire of God. This is how he summarizes his will, “. . . what does the LORD require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)”

Rev. Diane McBeth, executive director, CBWOQ

Indigenous Women

In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its six-year investigation into the legacy of residential schools, including specific steps to take. Step 48 calls on religious organizations to publish their plan of compliance with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Our values

Culture is incredibly valuable. Baptist Women wants to bless and value Indigenous cultures.

Jesus calls us to cross-cultural connection. Baptist Women will make gentle overtures of friendship to Indigenous Peoples.

Our first steps since 2015

  • curated and published an ongoing series on Indigenous women in live magazine
  • sponsored three Indigenous Peoples conferences (September 2015, October 2016 and October 2018)
  • supported Association events like the Niagara-Hamilton Baptist Women’s event (October 2016)
  • two visits to Misstissini, Quebec
  • executive director participation in First Nations consultation group
  • workshops led by Indigenous women and/or about Indigenous issues at both our April and November 2016 Women’s Conferences
  • grants and bursaries dispersed to organizations working with Indigenous women and children

Read this article about one community outreach ministry run by an Indigenous woman with ongoing support from Baptist Women.

Resources

learn about the issues facing our Indigenous sisters in Canada

Truth and Reconciliation Commission

history we need to know

Doctrine of Discovery –  (article coming soon)

Residential Schools – personal reflection by Susie Kicknosway Jones

reconciliation

First Nations and Metis women speak

poetryI Lost My Talk by Dr. Rita Joe

prayers – for the system; all those lost; children; domestic violence against women
Jean Maracle (Aylmer Baptist Church – article begins on the second page)

testimony – called into ministry
Rebekah Larente (Uptick Baptist Women alumni)

testimony – experiencing the Kairos Blanket Exercise
Joan Peacock (CBWOQ board member)

interview – on systemic racism in Canada
live magazine interviews Carol Parsons
(president, Women in Focus, Manitoba, + CBWOQ racial justice volunteer co-leader)

personal essay – on being Navajo and Christian
Kelsey Dale John

CBWOQ supports…

Ohsweken (2018/2019) – cultural preservation workshops