The Joint Ecological Ministry committee (JEM) hosted a two day gathering last May 22’nd and 23’rd and some OLMs were in attendance. The theme was “Decolonization & Climate Change,” and the main speakers were Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum (co-founder of Idle No More & One House, Many Nations), Deborah McGregor (Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice, York University), and Jennifer Henry (Executive Director of KAIROS).
All three women spoke from their hearts, voicing some strong challenges to those of us who are settlers on the land that is now called Canada. Sylvia mentioned that whenever she felt troubled about something she knew that there was an important learning coming. The two days did indeed leave us with much to ponder.
-Sr. Christine Gebel, OLM