Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Indigenous Christian ministers walk in 2 worlds

From The CBC-

Andrew Thunder knew he wanted to commit himself to Christianity before he was 10 years old.

But for the 28-year-old and other Indigenous ministers in Canada, it can be difficult to reconcile their personal faith with the role that churches played in residential schools.

About 150,000 First Nation, M├ętis and Inuit children in Canada were removed from their homes and forced to attend the church-run, government-funded schools. Many children lost their language and culture, and some were physically and sexually abused.

"There [were] obviously some good intentions from the church and government to come in and educate the Aboriginal people, but it was the method that was completely incorrect," Thunder said.

"It is embarrassing for me, being identified as a Christian."

More here-

http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/indigenous-christian-ministers-residential-schools-1.4110735

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