If you pass by Weird Church in Cumberland at First and Penrith, you will see 215 orange ribbons tied onto twine, affixed to the Peace Pole: a memorial for the remains of 215 children found at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc.
You will also see a red dress swaying gently in the wind, a reminder to all who see it of the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls in our Province and beyond.
These initiatives are a small piece of the work of the Truth & Reconciliation Team at Weird Church. The team, which is guided by the phrase, “learning with humility, rooted in relationship,” has also been undertaking community book studies in order to gain knowledge and work on individual and community decolonization.
This month’s book study is 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph and everyone in the community is invited to participate. Simply read the book, and join in the discussion Thursday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. at Weird Church, 2688 Penrith Ave. in Cumberland, or online. (Those attending in person are required to wear a mask). For more details or to get online for the discussion please visit https://www.weirdchurchcumberland.com/truth-and-reconciliation
For more information please visit www.weirdchurchcumberland.com or call Rev. Ingrid Brown at 250-218-7641