Evening will be hosting a film screening on the Doctrine of Discovery. Come watch and wrestle with what our role is both as followers of Christ and as people living on unceded lands.
Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen lands, Strong Hearts is a film about a devastating decision, made over 500 years ago, which continues to profoundly impact Indigenous and Settler people worldwide. Pope Alexander VI ruled that the land being discovered by European explorers at the time was “empty” land and its millions of Indigenous inhabitants were “non-human.”
Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission released 94 Calls to Action in 2015, with many of them referring to the Doctrine of Discovery and calling for its repudiation.
This film is one of the responses of the Anglican Church’s Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice. The purpose of this film is to respond to the calls to action by helping to provide education and insight into the racist foundations of many of our property and other laws still in existence to this day.
As Senator Murray Sinclair said, “Reconciliation is not about being a spectator.”
The cost for this event is $10. Before the film screening, there will be a light meal of salmon chowder and fry bread catered by the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society. If this will be a barrier to attending, please let us know.
Since we will be eating together, proof of double vaccination is required. Please also remember to bring one piece of photo ID.
Not a congregant from Evening? Reach out to your Site Pastor and encourage them to screen this film for your site.