iEmergence: Restoring Lives

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I would like to introduce you to Flora. Growing up in Mishkeegogamang Ojibwe First Nations, Flora has seen and endured many challenges in her community related to the painful scars that her people carry from the history of colonization, the impacts of residential schools and the marginalization many Indigenous People experience. This generational trauma, this seemingly unbearable pain, has led our younger generation to do horrid things to themselves and sometimes to one another – even to their own family members. In the past months, we have seen an increasing number of community youth deciding on suicide as a final answer to the pain they feel. Flora, however, sees great hope for her generation.

Flora has been attending the Mish Adventures Camp program that iEmergence provides in her community for the past 9 years - since she was just 6 years old. In her words,

“Mish Adventures is a camp where we learn how to love, respect, and be honest to each other and just have fun! I've been going to Mish Adventures since I was 6 years old as a camper. At the age of 12, I became a junior leader to help the staff lead a group of kids around the camp activity stations. Then, at the age of 14, I became a senior leader and was able to lead my own group and have my own activity station. I am now 15 years old and I'm becoming a fulltime staff member of Mish Adventures! Throughout those years, I learned how to become a better leader as I am right now! I love being at Mish Adventures with a lot of caring people. It's wonderful to spend time being outdoors and seeing the kids have fun! I really look forward to this summer! "

Flora sees her home, Mishkeegogamang, as a “community full of leaders and caring people.” She has risen above struggles and hardships, striving to be an example of this leadership to her generation as well as to those that follow her. We are blessed to have seen this growth and healing in her life through the years and are committed to continuing the journey with her and all of the youth that attend our camps.

You give hope! You are making a difference! Thank you!

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To address this real need for meaningful experiences for Indigenous children and youth, iEmergence, in partnership with local Indigenous leaders, provides two summer camp programs: Mish Adventures for those in Mishkeegogamang First Nation in Northern Ontario, and Kids Culture Camp for those from First Nation reserves in Southern and Central Alberta. Through these camps, we provide children and youth with the opportunity to explore a variety of new skills and develop meaningful relationships with camp staff in a safe, community-minded environment.
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As they participate in arts and crafts, sports, team-building games, swimming and learn from cultural stories, teachings and practices they are given the opportunity to step outside of their ordinary routines and imagine the world as a better place.

For more information on what happens in these camps, log on to www.iemergence.org.

In this critical time in the lives of these young people, getting to know Jesus, the One who created, loves, and understands them wraps around all the activities.  The whole experience imprints powerfully...and for a lifetime.  

Welalin,
Matt LeBlanc
Director, iEmergence 

"There's really no such thing as the 'voiceless'. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard."- Arundhati Roy




iEmergence: Reconciling relationships with one another, with creation and Creator

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The Tribes Redeemed Christian Ministries Int'l Inc. in partnership with iEmergence Inc. and Tribal Mission Foundation International, Inc. (TMFI) is pleased to announce the 2nd Indigenous Theological Symposium - Conversations on Faith and IP Culture (CFIPC) on May 25 - 28, 2016 at North Upi, Maguindanao, Philippines.

Our first CFIPC was held on November 6—9, 2013 at Hope Mountain, Davao City, Philippines. Over a hundred participants—tribal pastors, community leaders and workers, students, and representatives from the mainstream church—came to listen to each other’s journeys of faith. It was an amazing time of sharing stories, discovery, and dreaming of what holistic faith and church might look like in the indigenous communities that were represented.

Our focus for the conversation this time is on healthy intra and inter-tribal relationships, sustainable development and the care of creation.

Learn more about CFIPC…

iEmergence: Reclaiming Traditions in the Philippines

“Our future begins here.”
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This is how Datu (Chief) Gilbert Sagoksok of the Ata tribe describes the gathering in the village of Sorayan, Philippines last March. where iEmergence facilitated a workshop with community leaders to share stories of hope for Panuluanan - a place where they can teach their cultural practices and values.

For years, we have seen Datu encourage the younger generation in his tribe to learn and relearn their tribal ways. For him, the tribe is like a tree. "Our tribe is a tree that you must take care of. Our ancestors are the roots, our past and our source. We, as present leaders, are the trunk that will hold the tree upright. Through us, culture is passed on to the good fruits which are the youth, the future leaders of this tribe."
 
Datu revealed that he fears the youth will forsake their past. "I am afraid of the day when the children will not know what our ancestors named our rivers, our mountains, and the trees in our land." As a leader, he has taken the role of culture bearer and mentor. He has seen the difficulties the tribal youth in their village face. Many do not know their cultural practices and values, and some have lost interest in speaking their language for fear of discrimination from non-Indigenous migrants.
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He sees Panuluanan as a ray of hope. “I believe that this will help the youth stand firm in their identity as a tribal person amidst the changing of the times.” He recognises that collaboration and partnership is important in creating such a space. “But, we cannot do it alone. Through our collective effort and our relationship with iEmergence, we can build this space of learning and provide a better future for our tribe.” 

We cannot wait to greet our future! We cannot wait to see Panuluanan become what we envision it to be! 

For more on what Panuluanan is for the Ata tribe, check out: www.iemergence.org.

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