Louis Riel Let Justice Be Done

Friends of Louis Riel Director Honoured


“The Settler Church has done much harm to Indigenous peoples. Yet, alongside the dark and dominant stories of betrayal (stories we need to know and embrace), there are also small, alternative narratives that we can draw inspiration from – stories of Settler Christians who walked in solidarity with host peoples. One such Christian is Ian (John) Mackenzie.”

“Mackenzie, an Anglican priest, connects with Bob Thomas, a Cherokee organizer, and activist, and together they seek to bridge the religious divide between Christians and traditionalists, a divide that has fractured many Indigenous communities. From 1970 to 1992 the Indian Ecumenical Conference comes together, building friendships, understanding , and new collaborations. For Mackenzie, it is an opportunity for Christians ‘to begin to learn something about how to live their own religion from Indians.'”


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