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Ep. #44 ~ Open House: Indigenous Spirituality W/ Tony Snow Pt. #2
Welcome back to Part #2 of the Calgary Interfaith Council’s Open House
exploration into First Nations Indigenous Spirituality. I am Erik
Freiburger, your host, & a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit down
with Rev. Tony Snow as he shared some amazing insights into First Nations
spirituality. With so much to cover, I thought it best to divide it between
two parts. This being the second half of our conversation!
I do want to give thanks to the ancestors & people of the Treaty #7 Nations
as we are on their lands & share in their rich narrative & presence in
southern Alberta. It is through their generations of passing down their
culture & beliefs that enables us to learn about Indigenous spirituality &
build the conversation Tony Snow & I have here in this episode. So, thank
Ep. #43 ~ Open House: Indigenous Spirituality W/ Tony Snow (Part One)
Welcome to today’s Inception of Wonder! It is also the 143rd Anniversary to
the treaty signing of Treaty 7 lands. So to start, I’d like to acknowledge
& give thanks to the Ancestors, Elders, & People of the Treaty 7 Nations as
we live together in this incredible land. Your rich history & spirit are an
inspiration as we journey together with our creator.
Prior to the pandemic shutdown you may recall we were journeying through a
series brought to us by the Calgary Interfaith Council called the Open
House Series. We were visiting a number of local worship centres &
conversing with representatives of their community. Today we start that
journey again while I converse with Rev. Tony Snow of the First Nations &
Canadian United Church about Indigenous Spirituality. We met a year ago at
an interfaith event & I am always inspired by his deep spirituality &
connection with his people.
Ep. #42 ~ Racism In Canada: The LGBTQ2S+ W/ Pam Rocker
Welcome to today’s episode of The Inception Of Wonder Podcast. I’m Erik
Over the past month I’ve had several conversations into Racism & Prejudice
here in Canada. This past week I had the opportunity to sit with Pam Rocker
& talk about the LGBTQ2S+ community & their struggles with prejudice & the
right to be recognized as equals here in our country. It was not
intentional, but ironically our conversation happened to take place on the
Monday of the August long weekend where it would be reported that three
separate incidents of prejudice hate crimes took place against the LGBTQ2S+
community here in the Calgary area. This seemed to strengthen the very
reality that we need to take these conversations very seriously & recognize
the need for social justice & transformation within our society today while
recognizing the rights for equality & dignity to all marginalized people.
Ep. #41 ~ Racism In Canada: First Nations W/ Michelle Robinson
Today we are continuing our journey into looking at Racism In Canada as I
sit down with Michelle Robinson of Native Calgarian Podcast & talk about
the First Nations.
Michelle & I met a little over a year ago as we joined a local movement
here in Calgary called the I-CARE Taskforce. This organization exists to
promote positive interfaith relations, eradicate religious stereotypes &
prejudices, & enhance the contribution of faith communities to the
well-being of our city. You can read more about them by Clicking Here.
Ep. #40 ~ Racism In Canada: Black Lives Matter W/ Monetta Bailey
I met Jonathan Wilson Hartgrove about 5 years ago in Durham, North
Carolina, with a small group of other students from Rochester University.
He spoke about how everything in society is directed under a known or
unknown racial element. In truth, I really wasn’t sure I agreed with him at
the time, as it seemed to place so much weight on a pendulum swing towards
the guilt of a racialized society. It became that much more difficult &
uncomfortable for me when he turned & asked what the racial presence was
like here in Canada.
Attempting to answer, I stumbled to say that I really didn’t see racism
here in Canada like I do down in the States. Perhaps there was a comparison
with the Indigenous & First Nations people but, Black racial prejudice just
didn’t seem to be as overt to me. Looking back, I can now say I was
speaking from a place of privilege & while I may not have acknowledged the
hight of racial oppression here in Canada, it was very real & exercising
itself greatly through a numb & blind Canadian society.
Ep. #39 ~ George Floyd, Brené Brown's 'Move In', & Changing The World
Completely off script today friends, as I share from my heart some of the
reflections, emotions, & ways God has been moving & speaking inside me. I
do also read some of Brené Brown’s book ‘Braving the Wilderness’ which if
you have been following my social feeds, you will have known.
I have included a letter & statement below from the I-CARE Taskforce of
Calgary & I encourage you to send it to your local MP’S, MLA’s, & Premier.
It is time to Act Justly & Take Action! Over the weeks ahead I will be
praying for you in our crazy world.