Vancouver School of Theology

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ISP-SPX102 – Traditional Metis Spirituality

July 1st-5th

The Métis are a post-contact Indigenous people; born of European newcomers and the Original peoples of Turtle Island. Their rights are entrenched in the Canadian Constitution Act 1982, section 35(2). A resilient and resourceful people they gleaned from both ancestries’ including their spirituality. This course will briefly outline their history, spirituality, associated issues, perceived syncretism and considerations for the church and reconciliation. Students will be invited to experience smudge (praying with smoke), a pipe ceremony and singing with drums.

Sharon Anne Pasula, Nehiyaw-Métis/Jewish is a bridge builder, networker and healing advocate. Her eclectic background includes a mix of spirituality, education and healing. She works with Indigenous agencies and settler groups in these areas. She is an educator having taught an undergraduate course: Interactions between Indigenous Spiritual Traditions and Christianity at St. Joseph’s College U of A campus, and helped facilitate and develop a community course with E4C’s School for Indigenous Teachings, ‘Indigenous ways in contemporary context’. Sharon is listed as an Elder with the Red Road Healing Society in Edmonton, Alberta, the ancestral and traditional territory of the Nêhiyawak (Cree), Anishinaabe (Saulteaux), Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Dene, Ĩyãħé Nakoda (Nakoda Sioux), recently designated Treaty 6 territory and Métis homeland.

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