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Zoom Winter Book Study

Winter Book Study

Thursday Mornings 10:30am to 11:30am Starting January 14th


This winter we will look at what decolonization means for us as people of faith. We will consider the history of Indigenous - settler relations through focusing on our own stories in this ongoing relationship. We will use as our guide Unsettling Spirit: A Journey into Decolonization , by settler educator and activist Denise Nadeau. This seven week book study will involve discussion of the book and sharing our own stories, as well as a brief introduction to some of the teachings of the Syilx/Okanagan peoples in whose territory we live.

Denise Nadeau ( MDIV, DMin) is a writer, educator and activist of mixed European heritage from Quebec, now residing in Lkwungen territory on Vancouver Island. She is a trained somatic educator and is an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Religions and Cultures at Concordia University in Montreal where she taught Indigenous Traditions, Women and Colonialism for several years.


Join us on Zoom - Email the office or Ivy to Register.


Book Description:

Unsettling Spirit:A Journey into Decolonization

By Denise M. Nadeau / Foreword by Deanna Reder


What does it mean to be a white settler on land taken from peoples who have lived there since time immemorial? In the context of reconciliation and Indigenous resurgence,Unsettling Spirit provides a personal perspective on decolonization, informed by Indigenous traditions and lifeways, and the need to examine one’s complicity with colonial structures.

The author shares stories form her early and brief experience of“Native mission” in the late 1980s and early 1990s in northern Canada and Chiapas, Mexico, and the gradual recognition that she had internalized colonialist concepts of the “good Christian” and the Great White Helper. She goes back to look at her family’s history in Quebec and uncovers the responsibilities that come with facing this history. Incorporating insights from Indigenous ethical and legal frameworks, Unsettling Spirit offers an accessible reflection on possibilities for settler decolonization

A foreword by Cree-Métis author Deanna Reder places the work in a broader context of Indigenous scholarship. The cover image is by Mi’gmaq beader Bernadine Martin


Copies of the book can be purchased at Mosaic Books


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