Vancouver School of Theology

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ISP-PTX150 – Suicide in our Land: A Pastoral Care Resource

Debbie Royals and Ginny Doctor
July 16 – 20
Lecture: 2pm – 5pm

The high rate of suicides in our communities has compelled not only a response but action. The Indigenous Theological Training Institute and the Office of the National Indigenous Anglican Bishop, Anglican Church of Canada collaborated in publishing this resource. Its focus is to prevent suicide and heal the pain and grief in our communities with traditional wisdom provided from the beginning of time by our ancestors. We begin with the stories of grief and healing moving then to a prayerful response incorporating the ceremonies that remind us of our resilience. The curriculum includes a book and two DVD’s which will be used for the course.

The Rev. Canon Ginny Doctor is from the Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan. Former Executive Director of an Urban “Indian” Center and missionary for the Episcopal Church. Current the Coordinator for Indigenous Ministry for the Anglican Church of Canada. Debbie Royals (Pacua Yaqui) is Canon for Native American Ministries in the Episcopal Church of Arizona.

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