Under the Big Top: Thoughts on National Aboriginal Day


Wednesday, June 21 is National Aboriginal Day, a special day dedicated to celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis. With that in mind, I wanted to share with you the following blog post from Maggie McLeod, Executive Minister, Aboriginal Ministries and Indigenous Justice for the United Church of Canada. Maggie’s blog post talks about the beauty and vulnerability inherent in coming together as a diverse faith community, and how sharing our gifts allows us to grow closer to the Creator and to one another.

The first part of Maggie’s piece is copied below, and I encourage you to read her post in full on the United Church of Canada’s blog.

I took these pictures last August while visiting my mother’s relatives in the central part of Saskatchewan on the Muskoday First Nation. They capture some of the 825 dancers that participated in the 25th annual traditional Powwow.

I was sitting beside my aunt, my mother’s youngest sister, during the afternoon Grand Entry when she remarked, “There is no such thing as too much colour when you are Indigenous.” I have cherished my aunt’s words, since. They have provoked me to look more deeply into the richness of what I see and experience. And perhaps her words will help you to lift up a spirit of celebration as our church, and this country, mark National Aboriginal Day.

Click here to read the rest of Maggie’s post.




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