Wilmot group presents need for Indigenous worker to Council
A pro-active, local response to the federal government’s Truth and Reconciliation report was presented to the Wilmot council at their Sept. online meeting.
Council Mon, Sep 28th, 2020 Lisa Hagen
The Wilmot Ecumenical Working Group on Indigenous/ Settler Issues, in partnership with the Wilmot Family Resource Centre (WFRC), have identified a need for a part time Indigenous Worker to support the estimated 355 Indigenous identifying people in Wilmot township.
“Our understanding is that many of the Indigenous people of Wilmot Township have little or no connection with their own culture, due to residential schools, being adopted into non-indigenous families, or racism,” said delegate Sr. Anne Keffer. “An Indigenous Worker can help them connect to their tradition, knowledge, culture, and values.”
The focus of the Indigenous worker position would be to share cultural knowledge, support women affected by family violence, instil a respect for the natural world, shape WFRC programming, and foster relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous people.
“We have a part of the solution for today’s problems,” stated Keffer in a separate interview. “Let’s find out about each other in a positive kind of way.”
The Ecumenical Working Group has been pursuing this mandate since 2016 through education for the purpose of strengthening a respectful relationship with the Indigenous community.
Events such as the “They Never Taught Us this in School” lecture with Professor David Neufeld of the University of Waterloo, a screening of the movie “Indian Horse”, and a presentation of the play, “Discovery: A Comic Lament” were some of their past educational opportunities.
The township council will review the material until a follow up meeting in November.