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The Centre for Indigenous Scholars announces that John Hascal has been elected its President. Carol Nadjiwon, the past President for over ten years was elected vice President. The Board re-elected Moses McKay as Vice President and Secretary. Jim White,  

ARCHIVED NEWS WHICH MIGHT BE READ FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES

2012 LETTER FROM THE PAST PRESIDENT

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Friends,

 I am writing to you as President of the Centre for Indian Scholars (CIS). We have experienced a number of exciting developments during 2011.  In January we shared in the opening of the Indigenous Studies Centre at the Vancouver School of Theology(VST). The creation of a Centre to focus on indigenous religion has been a goal since we first began negotiating with VST in 1991. With our other partners, the Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a Institute and the Native Ministries Consortium, we will oversee the work of this Centre.  This year, 80 students participated in our programs, representing 21 First Nations and 10 denominations.

 At the Board meeting following our Annual meeting in May, Carol Nadjiwon decided to step away from her role as President after over ten years of stellar service.  I was elected as our new President, Moses McKay was elected as Vice President, John Hascall as Secretary and Dorothy Smith was appointed as Treasurer.  Our thanks to Jim White who has been our treasurer for over 10 years.

Our application to the Truth and Reconciliation Foundation for a grant to fund an Ecumenical Conference in 2012 was declined.  HOWEVER, the Board decided to go ahead with such a conference in Hobbema during the last week of July.  We are issuing a call for First Nations families of all religious persuasions on Turtle Island to come together in 2012 to re-establish their common relationship to the Creator, the earth and each other.  With cooperation of the people of Hobbema, meeting and camping places will be available. We hope to raise enough funding to provide some rations to families who are asked to do their own community fund raising to cover their travel costs.  We also hope to raise enough funds so that our Board and Advisory Committee can be assisted with their travel costs. We hope to assist other traditional religious leaders to join us as well.  We urge families to bring their own spiritual leaders with them.

We urgently need your assistance.  We need to raise $25,000 in the next few months so that we can hold two Board meetings and a full meeting of our advisory committee in order to plan the conference for 2014.  PLEASE MAKE a donation to the Centre for Indian Scholars which has charitable status in Canada.  You can mail a donation to us at the Centre for Indian Scholars, 6000 Iona Drive, Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1L4.  Or you can donate on line with your credit card at Canada Helps:  (http://www.canadahelps.org/).  Indeed, there is also a Canada Helps donate button on our web site which will take you directly to our Canada Helps site.

 Two main themes have emerged for urgent attention. The first concerns the growing and rapid destruction of our planet as one of the legacies of colonialism which is driven by the exploitation of the earth.  The second is to identify the factors which are destroying the cohesion of our First Nations communities which results in increasing violence and youth suicide.  We believe our traditional spiritual elders together with our people will find new solutions to these issues.

 We have a new web address: www.ciscentral.com. There you will find detailed descriptions of our history, goals and partnerships along with a news section to update readers about indigenous religious events and activities. We encourage you to make this site known to your friends, especially to those who are on Facebook or YouTube.

Your support for the work of the Centre for Indian Scholars is greatly appreciated. We wish you a safe and joyful NEW YEAR.

Sincerely,

 Rick Lightning, President

ANNOUNCING A NEW Master of Theology (Th.M.) in Indigenous and Inter-Religious Studies

Vancouver School of Theology continues its long standing partnership with First Nations communities and its new partnerships with inter-religious communities through Iona Pacific Inter-Religious Centre making possible a new Th.M.  in Indigenous and Inter-Religious Studies.

Overview of Program
 This program is a  post-graduate degree that provides students with opportunities to engage in advanced research and writing at a singular nexus where three major monotheistic faith traditions meet North American indigenous traditions.  It makes available the unique resources of VST’s new Iona Pacific Inter-Religious Centre and partner institution Yuuhadaax (indigenous) in addition to VST’s core faculty, to offer a distinctive academic experience which is both intellectual and spiritual. 

The degree provides students the opportunity to develop research methods and resources which could lead to further study at the doctoral level in this emerging field and prepare them to teach and/or minister in an increasingly pluralistic world.

The Th.M. in Indigenous and Inter-Religious Studies provides advanced study in areas such as indigenous religion and rights claims, truth and reconciliation processes among religious communities, inter-religious environmental ethics, and dimensions of religious pluralism in a global context.

Length of Program and Course Requirements
 The program enables students to study the heretofore largely unexplored interface among indigenous religions, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.  Through course work and integrating seminars, students treat pedagogically matters which cross a number of spiritual and intellectual boundaries.

This degree is a 24-credit hour program and is generally completed over the course of 2 years of study.  The 24-credits will be allocated among:

Advanced research methods (3 credits)
Advanced textual or oral narrative study (3 credits)

Language (6 credits)
Senior electives, including independent study options (6 credits)
Culminating assignment (6 credits)

Each candidate must demonstrate a sufficient mastery of the indigenous, ancient or modern language required for the culminating assignment before that assignment is undertaken.

Students will have three options for their culminating evaluative exercise:        

A Directed Studies project and oral examination
A 75 – 90 page thesis
A publishable article

Admission
Admission requires a Master of Arts or Master of Divinity degree from an accredited institution or the educational equivalent.

Program Information
Please contact the Admissions Office for more information about this program:

                       604-822-0824
            1-800-822-9031 extension 2

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THE CENTRE FOR INDIAN SCHOLARS ANNOUNCES the print release of many of the presentations delivered at the Fourth R.K. Thomas symposium entitled GOD IS STILL RED.  This symposium took place at the Vancouver School of Theology in July of 2008 and was jointly sponsored by CIS and Yuu-hadaax. One of the members of Yuuhadaax, the Indigenous Theological Training Institute of America, Inc., published the proceedings in Volume 5, Number 1, August 2010, of their First Peoples Theology Journal. 

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THE CENTRE HAS TAX DEDUCTIBLE STATUS AS A CHARITABLE INSTITUTION.

  INDIVIDUALS OR CORPORATIONS WHO WISH TO MAKE DONATIONS TO THE CENTRE MAY ALSO SEND THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE SECRETARY/TREASURER,  THE CENTRE FOR INDIGENOUS SCHOLARS,  575 Gran Street Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6A 6K9. CHEQUES SHOULD BE MADE OUT TO THE CENTRE FOR INDIGENOUS SCHOLARS.

 


 

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