We acknowledge, this day, that we gather for worship on the traditional territories of the Neutral Tribes, Erie, Huron and the other Native Peoples who followed them, as the original nations of this land, and we acknowledge, with respect, their history, their spirituality, and their culture.
Tansley First Nations Projects – 2018 Project
Tansley’s focus on this community is rooted in something that happened in the spring of 2016. Tansley United Church’s Book Club, Tansley Reads, read Up Ghost River, by Edmund Metatawabin. Edmund Metatawabin is a former First Nations Chief of Fort Albany on the James Bay coast in Northern Ontario and a survivor of the residential school system. In Up Ghost River he details his life in a loving family, his experience in the residential school system, the importance of native teachings, the land and much more.
The group was so moved by his story that over $300 was collected in one day which was used to purchase and send multiple shipments of fresh fruit (extremely expensive to purchase locally in fly-in northern communities) to early child care centres in First Nations communities along the James Bay coast and in areas close to the northern Manitoba/Ontario border through a Tansley member’s connections.
Tansley is now supporting the Fort Albany Market / Good Food Boxes which started about 10 years ago as an off-shoot of the Student Nutrition Program. Since the community and the community members were not able to afford to buy healthy foods for their families, they decided to organize produce markets to help with the food insecurity.
Now every two weeks about 3,000 lbs. of fresh fruits & vegetables are available for sale. Any food left at the end of the market is stored in refrigerators in the school and people come in anytime and shop.
The program receives a government subsidy, Nutrition North Canada, of $0.60/ lb. on all healthy food. This means that on 3,000 lb. of healthy food a subsidy of $1,800.00 is applied to, and almost covers, the transportation costs.
Good Food Boxes can also be pre-ordered by families for $50.00 box. This box contains a selection of fruits and veggies. Sometimes cheese, bread or cereal is also included in the food box. 40-50 of these food boxes are ordered every 2 weeks.
Another one of the program’s goals has been to introduce unfamiliar foods to the community, so they often have cut-up pieces of fruit or vegetables available at the markets for people to taste.
The markets are not only able to supply fresh produce to the community as a whole but also to supply the child care, elders program, school nutrition program and many other events organized in the community. These inlcude after school programs, cultural activities etc.
The funds raised today will be sent to the community to support this program.
“Miigwetch” (Thank you!)
At this years Document Shredding event we raised $1,600 to be sent to support this project.
Indigenous Authors Library
We have an Indigenous Peoples library at Tansley so everyone has the chance to borrow a book and learn more! Any donations of both adult and children’s books would be appreciated!
One Book One Burlington 2017
This week on June 21st, the Burlington Public Library announced this year’s choice for One Book One Burlington. It is Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese (1955–2017), an Ojibway from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario. He was recognized as one of Canada’s foremost First Nations authors and storytellers. He died in March of this year. The Tansley book club read his book Ragged Company earlier this year and the FN book club read Medicine Walk in May. Both books were wonderful reads and come highly recommended.
The idea behind One Book One Burlington is a simple one: over the summer, Burlington residents read a work of Canadian fiction chosen by a panel of local book lovers, and then come together for a variety of activities and special events planned around the themes of the book in the fall.
More suggestions for books you might like to read
Motorcycles & Sweetgrass by Drew Hayden Taylor – Pam Damoff who is the MP for Oakville North-Burlington has on Wednesday July 12th with Drew Hayden Taylor to discuss this book. You need to register for this event.