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Throughout this six-class course, Rev. Dr. Ray Aldred will be walking us through Indigenous realities in Canada. The Residential School tragedy highlights the need for Canadian Christians to learn from  Indigenous perspectives and practices. This course aims at helping build a healthy respect for Indigenous identity, and seeking to become an ally. You’ll explore the topics of Indigenous spiritualities (Indigenizing theology); treaties, both ancient and contemporary (Indigenous Story and Land and biblical interpretation); a brief history of the interaction between the Church and Indigenous Peoples (The Indigenous Christ); finally, the history of reconciliation in Canada (Indigenous conceptions of identity and evangelism). Through this, you’ll develop a healthy respect for Indigenous Peoples to help build a climate of collaboration within your life and community.

This course does not run consecutively for 6 weeks. The schedule is:

  • Apr 25 – Session 1
  • May 2 – Session 2
  • May 9 – Session 3
  • May 16 – Session 4
  • May 23 – Session 5
  • May 30 – No session
  • Jun 6 – Session 6

Questions? Ask Alvin.

Rev. Dr. Ray Aldred is a husband, father, and grandfather. He was first ordained with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada and is now ordained with the Anglican Church of Canada. He is status Cree from Swan River Band, Treaty 8.  Born in Northern Alberta, he now resides with his wife in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. Ray is the director of the Indigenous Studies Program at the Vancouver School of Theology whose mission is to partner with the Indigenous Church around theological education. 

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