iEmergence: Building a cultural school with the Ata community!

It takes a community to build a school!

In the Philippines, iEmergence, together with the Ata community and Swito Designs Inc., continues to walk alongside each other to create this space of learning culture!

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Panuluanan, the Ata school of cultural learning, is slowly taking shape. Last January, the community spent three days sharing stories of traditional architecture, and designed the cultural learning space collectively.

This March, the community started to prepare the two-hectare land to begin building the foundation of the learning space, with the support of community-based architects from Swito Designs. The community has also began the process of identifying local resources found within their ancestral land. We have been passionately working to support the Ata community’s aspirations by mobilizing resources for Panuluanan and by continuously seeking for partners to walk alongside indigenous people.

The Ata community needs financial resources to fund the construction of the foundation, structure, roofing and walls of each cultural structure designed by the tribal community.

We look forward to your support for this community-led project. Should you have any questions, please email us at info@iemergence.org.

Visit us at www.iemergence.org!

Wiconi: Wiconi and Sioux Falls Seminary 2017 Immersion

Once again Wiconi is joining together with Sioux Falls Seminary to host the 2017 Immersion Experience on the Rosebud Lakota Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. This year’s program will be July 8 – 14, 2017.

The Immersion Experience is a weeklong step into the world of the Rosebud Reservation and is offered for college credit for students and non-credit for those interested in learning more about Indigenous life. This is a cross-cultural experience where the students are able to gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation for the original people of this land.
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Local elders teach sessions, and community members share an insider’s perspective of life on the reservation with the class – complete with question and answer times. As the class is offered for college credit, time is given for reflection and review of each day’s experiences.

For more information on the South Dakota Immersion Experience contact:
Dr. Doug Anderson
danderson@sfseminary.edu

Dr. Casey Church
lchurch111@comcast.net



There is a wide range of activities including:

• Attending a Powwow where students are both observers and participants.
• Various sites on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations including the Wounded Knee Massacre site.
• Attending traditional ceremonial grounds.

My People: Journeying in a Good Way

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“I was blown away by the authenticity and wisdom the speakers shared. I am deeply moved.”

February 24,25 in Winnipeg, MB
Indigenous Pathways in cooperation with a number of local ministries hosted the “Journeying in a Good Way” conference. Unlike previous events of the past two years, this one was billed specifically as a “do not miss” event for those interested in exploring questions concerning Indigenous Culture and Christian Faith.

We had hoped for 100-150 people but within a week of registration opening we had 200; two weeks following, we had reached capacity at 230! Attendees were from a wide range of church traditions and mission agencies. In all, this was a powerful event with a significant impact.

Thanks to all who partnered with us to make this possible – especially Inner City Youth Alive.
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Just a few of the comments received:

“All the speakers were very clear and had challenging messages. Thank you for sharing your hearts. And thank you for helping to open our eyes and hearts to a different way of thinking! God bless you all!”

“I appreciated all the openness to conversation and listening to one another. This needs to happen again, I know so many people in my life that would benefit from a weekend like this. Thank you for your efforts in putting this on. It truly was a blessing.”

“Life changing conference for me. I see things differently. So very good to hear Indigenous speakers and to see so many practitioners and others to spread the message.”



Photo credits: (L-R) Christina Kroeker, CK Clicks Photography

NAIITS: Another milestone for NAIITS!

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“It’s interesting how my life has taken a fairly significant bend in the road. I could never have imagined when I started with NAIITS, that I would end up doing what I am now!”

Meet Métis leader David Skene. David is our first graduate from the MA in Indigenous Community Development Studies offered jointly with Acadia Divinity College at Acadia University. Together with his wife, Liz, David lives in southern Ontario, where he works with YWAM. His ministry focus has been the development of community building activities for urban Indigenous folks and international teams fostering holistic community engagement.

David has witnessed, first hand, the challenges encountered by Indigenous folks trying to figure life out in the urban setting – struggling to make sense of their history, hoping for a better future. His many years of ministry with YWAM had taught him that communities should be the focus of his work – not simply isolated individuals.

And, that’s where NAIITS came in. With the scholarships and support we and others provided, on May 14th at Acadia University and June 1st at our annual NAIITS symposium graduation, David takes the walk – the first graduate from the Acadia/NAIITS MA in Indigenous Community Development.

Congratulations David!

If you are interested in what NAIITS is all about, or in studying with us, please join us at our annual symposium on Indigenous Theology and Ministry, held this year at George Fox University in Newberg, OR, June 1-3, 2017.

Check us out online at www.naiits.com.

Want to help other Indigenous students make a difference through education and training with NAIITS? Give today to the Elijah Harper Scholarship Fund and you can make a difference in the life of one student - and through them, Indigenous communities! DONATE HERE!

My People: Thank you for Humbled Hearts!

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Phases from left to right: 1) her, as a child with siblings, hiding behind the couch while her parents partied, 2) her, as a teen, partying with friends 3) her, as a mother with children, hiding them behind couch from her abusive husband, 4) her, as a mother seeking God's light and healing for herself and kids.

Thank you for those who pray for growth and restoration every Tuesday and Thursday night for our women's and men's small groups in Browning, MT. It’s amazing how our Creator is responding.
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My People hosted an Inenimowin Circle in Browning in May of 2014 to help people on their personal healing journey through abuse - but also to train people to lead circles in their communities. Humbled Hearts Women's Ministry in Browning, Montana on the Blackfeet Reservation emerged from that Inenimowin Circle.

Humbled Hearts began as one group in 2014, grew to three groups by 2016, meets every Tuesday night and have served about forty women in the community at one point or another on their journey. During one of the meetings, the women depicted their stories through drawings. Above you can see one friend's powerful depiction of her journey as she found safety to share it with us - and now you. Obviously we can’t change the circumstances, but the power behind Inenimowin and Humbled Hearts is that we walk through it together.

We bear one another's burdens, offering hope through our Creator’s and our love.
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