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Since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) work across Canada and the TRC Calls to Action, all Canadians have been challenged to join the journey of reconciliation. Due to this call we have seen the term reconciliation become increasingly popular in our news cycle, organizational mandates, and within our churches.
But how are people interpreting and working towards reconciliation?
Senator Murray Sinclair stated, "If you thought the truth was hard, reconciliation will be harder." This podcast is a forum to face the difficult, complicated, and messy nature of reconciliation. We have heard Indigenous leaders call settler people to step into this reconciliation journey.
Within this podcast we intend to deliberately place ourselves, those who come from a predominately settler background, in this space and identify where we can be challenged and encouraged to keep moving towards reconciliation.
Reconcile: Everyday Conversations is a project of Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan.

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Episode 9: Leonard Doell
In our last episode of this season we talk with Leonard Doell, Indigenous Neighbours Coordinator at MCC Saskatchewan. Leonard has been employed by MCC for more than 20 years and has spent 40 years doing reconciliation work with the Young Chippewayan people and Mennonite and Lutheran farmers in the Laird area. Leonard speaks about how his work has been built on the good will of those who went before him and his hope that others will come to build on the work that he has done. He invites people to create shared understandings – by learning each other’s histories and participating in events together. Leonard’s stories also highlight the work that needs to be done by both individuals and institutions. Due to the depth of his knowledge of the people and land he speaks intimately about the challenges and achievements of this story. As Leonard says, “We know how imperfect the story is, but we also know it is inspirational.”****************************************************Links from the episode:Stoney Knoll historyReserve 107Spruce River Folkfest - August 10, 2019 will be the 10th annual Spruce River FolkfestMennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan*****************************************************Reconcile: Everyday Conversations is a project of Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan aimed at facilitating conversations among settler/non-Indigenous Canadians around our role in reconciliation.Project Coordinator: Heather PetersRecording and Editing: Joel KroekerMusic by A Northern Road to Glory
Episode 8: Jacqueline Block
Jacqueline Block is a MCC Saskatchewan board member, has a Masters of Theological Studies in Old Testament, and recently finished training as a Spiritual Director. Jacqui believes that her own journey of reconciliation with God, in Christ, compels her to seek peace with and for others. Within this episode Jacqui challenges the listener to take risks in relationships, to know that there will be hurt and woundedness, but trust that we can turn to God for a true reconciliation.Jacqui’s invitation to enter the reconciliation journey is to offer space. She states, “If we are going to offer reconciliation to the world, we need to offer space. Space to reconcile ourselves to God and space to reconcile to ourselves”. For Jacqui this means trust, graciousness, forgiveness, and risk as we engage in relationships.  Jacqui goes on, “I allow God’s grace and forgiveness to come into my heart and allow this to be the key thing that reconciles”.We invited Jacqui to our house for a meal and conversation around these five questions:   1.   How would you define reconciliation?2.   What experiences have defined this understanding?3.   Where have you seen grace in the reconciliation journey?4.   How would you invite other people into understanding reconciliation?5.   Why is reconciliation important to you?Then we recorded her reflections.*****************************************************Links from the episode:Queen’s house Retreat and Renewal Centre Canadian Foodgrains BankMennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan*****************************************************Reconcile: Everyday Conversations is a project of Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan aimed at facilitating conversations among settler/non-Indigenous Canadians around our role in reconciliation.Project Coordinator: Heather PetersRecording and Editing: Joel KroekerMusic by A Northern Road to Glory
Episode 7: Greg Wiens
Greg Wiens has worked as a pastor for 20 years, most recently in the rural community of Waldheim, Saskatchewan at the Mennonite Brethren church. Greg defines reconciliation as “telling each other your stories, making space for others to hear stories, and to find commonality together”. Within this episode he tells stories from throughout his life that have shaped his understanding of how people can learn from each other. A theme throughout our conversation with Greg was understanding our own privilege and how to listen to stories of oppression with compassion and empathy.  Greg believes that Indigenous people will be the leaders of the future church and we need to make space at the table.We invited Greg to our office to have a conversation around these five questions:  1.   How would you define reconciliation?2.   What experiences have defined this understanding?3.   Where have you seen grace in the reconciliation journey?4.   How would you invite other people into understanding reconciliation?5.   Why is reconciliation important to you?Then we recorded his reflections. *****************************************************Links from the episode:Aboriginal Activist GroupsWhite Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible KnapsackConnectRMennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan*****************************************************Reconcile: Everyday Conversations is a project of Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan aimed at facilitating conversations among settler/non-Indigenous Canadians around our role in reconciliation.Project Coordinator: Heather PetersRecording and Editing: Joel Kroeker Music by A Northern Road to Glory
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Started
Nov 1st, 2018
Latest Episode
Dec 20th, 2018
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
9
Avg. Episode Length
23 minutes
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