May 2 to 5. 2013
Naramata Centre and KAIROS Canada are coming together to provide an exciting learning opportunity! The purpose of this three and a half day residential program will be to build relationships of understanding and trust between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people across denominational and geographic lines. KAIROS is an ecumenical organization that unites eleven churches and religious organizations in faithful action for ecological justice and human rights. They have been strong in campaigning on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We will learn more about this campaign and identify ways in which our communities and churches can support Indigenous rights. We will spend time building community, sharing stories, worshipping together, participating in experiential learning activities to help us understand North America’s colonial history and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings of Naramata. A visit to local Indigenous initiatives in the south Okanagan is also in the plans to enrich this learning opportunity. This is a weekend away to inspire us in the work towards Indigenous rights and rejuvenate our spirits.
Sara Stratton is the Education and Campaigns Coordinator for Sustainability at KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives. Sara is a Newfoundlander, holds a PhD in History from York University, and is a birdwatcher. She has campaigned extensively on debt cancellation, Indigenous rights, peace and security, refugee rights, water as a human right, energy policy, and climate justice. Sara coordinated the 2009 Church Leaders’ delegation to the Alberta tar sands, and is currently the Education and Campaigns Coordinator for the Sustainability team at KAIROS.
Natalie (aka Nan) is a Program Director at Naramata Centre. She has travelled extensively and has led numerous leadership programs around the world through her previous work with the World Council of Churches. Nan completed the Indigenous Self-Governance Program through the University of Victoria and an M.A. through the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto focusing on Indigenous rights. Some of her areas of leadership and interest include youth leadership, music, outdoor education and pop-theology.
If you are interested in attending this program, please call: 250.496.5751 or 1.877.996.5751 ext. 201. Email: [email protected].
We will then advise you as to when registration opens.
Cost: $495 plus taxes. (Shared room, private room add $35 per night) We invite you to add 24 hours prior to or after an event. Rest in the arms of Naramata Centre for personal retreat and restoration time. Cost just $88.00 per night space permitting.