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What does the Pope's visit to Canada mean for survivors of residential school efforts to annihilate Indigenous cultures?
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Jun 27, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Ja:nos—Janine Bowen
Ja:nos—Janine Bowen is a member of the Beaver clan of the Seneca Nation and a Faith Keeper of the Cold Spring Longhouse. She has centered her career on Seneca language revitalization efforts. In 2002, she began teaching Seneca language and culture to elementary and junior high school students on the Allegany Territory of the Seneca Nation. In 2007, at the request of the Allegany Education Director, Ja:no’s became a Seneca language Instructor for Buffalo State College. In 2015, the Seneca Nation Chief of Staff encouraged her to take on the role of Allegany Territory Language Director at the Seneca Nation. Ja:no’s received an Ed.M. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, as well as an M.P.P. from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Ellen Gabriel
Ellen Gabriel is a citizen of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation. She graduated from Concordia University in May 1990 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major Studio Art. She began her public activism during the 1990 Siege of Kanehsatà:ke (1990 “Oka” Crisis) and was chosen by the People of the Longhouse and her community of Kanehsatà:ke to be their spokesperson. The 1990 Kanehsatà:ke Siege transpired when the Municipality of Oka and private developers decided to appropriate the common lands in Kanehsatà:ke to expand their 9-hole golf course. The community of Kanehsatà:ke exercised their sovereign right to defend their lands by creating a barricade on a secondary dirt road to protect the Pines from illegal development on Kanehsatà:ke common lands. Since 1990, Ellen has worked consistently and diligently as a human rights and environmental advocate for the collective and individual rights of Indigenous peoples.
Rick Hill
Rick Hill is a citizen of the Tuscarora Nation. He is an artist, writer and curator who lives at the Six Nations Community of the Grand River Territory in Ontario, Canada. Over the years, Rick has served as the Manager of the Indian Art Centre, Ottawa, Ontario; Director of the Museum at the Institute of American Arts in Santa Fe, NM; and the Assistant Director for Public Programs at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution; and Manager of the Haudenosaunee Resource Center. He also served as the Senior Coordinator of Deyohaha:ge – Indigenous Knowledge Centre, Six Nations Polytechnic, Ohsweken, ON.
Carmen Lansdowne
Carmen Lansdowne is a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation, and a life-long member of The United Church of Canada (UCC). She attended the Vancouver School of Theology (VST) in the MDiv program from 2003-2007, and after successful completion of her internship Marengo Pastoral Charge (Alsask & Loverna, SK), she was ordained to further study in 2007. She completed coursework for a ThM degree at VST in 2008, then moved to Berkeley, CA where she commenced coursework for a PhD at the Graduate Theological Union. She completed the ThM in 2011 and the PhD in 2016. In addition to her theological contributions as a writer and speaker, Carmen has served the church in a variety of roles. From 2006-2013 she served on the Executive and Central Committees of the World Council of Churches, as well as was an ex-officio corresponding member of the Executive, General Council.
Gerry Oleman
Gerry Oleman is a citizen of the St’at’imc Nation from Tsal’alh (Shalalth B.C.) and has been involved as a change agent for First Nations communities and agencies since 1976. His experiences include providing counseling for individuals, families, and groups, and providing leadership politically and administratively to his community and Nation. Gerry came to the realization that all First Nations in Canada have the same suffering and challenges; all challenges are man-made therefore they can be healed and fixed using our traditions and laws that worked for us for thousands of years. Over the past 34 years, Gerry has facilitated over 645 workshops across Canada and in the United States.