The third question of The Inconvenient Indian‘s discussion guide asks ‘how has the [Christian] lens through which White North America looks altered since the 17th century? How has it remained the same?’ That lens has fractured, things are changing. But some don’t want change, for it brings chaos. However, says United Church minister and atheist Gretta Vosper, out of chaos comes new order. Some cling to old ways. Others have left churches. But some churches are changing, churches of the 21st century, which must honour diversity, Christian and non-Christian. We must seek 21st century acceptance of change, not 17th century opposition to change. For example, we no longer ‘celebrate Christianity’s march across the globe, triumphantly bringing its patronizing “light of the world”.’ Instead, Vosper (pictured) urges us to discover ‘spiritual expressions that come to us from other traditions…. We can do this. We should do this. We must do this.’
Change does not come from Western culture marching across the globe, one hopes. For more positive change, we must question–ourselves, our sources (even the Bible). She offers such questions, including, ‘What has been the influence of the world’s dominant groups (male, European, affluent, etc.) upon the expression and acceptance of “divine truth” ‘, especially when those bearers of divine truth are missionaries to the ‘new’ world? She seeks to reconstruct Christianity to help ‘us to see beyond our own driving need for self-fulfillment,… to develop outside our ego-centricity to a transcendent awareness of all life’.
Dead Dog Café spoofs New Agers.
With crystal horns?
The 2003 CBC Massey Lectures, The Truth about Stories: A Native Narrative
Although there’s a disproportionate number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women, ‘why does it continue to happen?’ asks The Agenda. 2013 ‘witnessed First Nations blockades across Canada, and the United Nations and the majority of Canadian premiers calling for a national public inquiry. And yet, the federal government declined to do so.’
On the Dead Dog Café, every day is Christmas Day (you know the tune, but imagine it with Native drumming: *1*-2-3-4, *1*-2-3-4…):
On the first day of Christmas the government gave to me
a treaty for the Lubicon Cree
On the second day of Christmas the government gave to me
a nifty royal commission and a treaty for the Lubicon Cree
On the third day of Christmas the government gave to me
community relocation, a nifty royal commission, and a treaty for the Lubicon Cree
On the seventh day of Christmas the government gave to me
residential schooling, charge account misconduct, ***mi-ssio-nar-ies***, postage stamp reserves, out-of-band adoptions, assimilation schemes, and a treaty for the Lubicon Cree
Oh, we’re out of time.