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The Blanket Exercise

"The Blanket Exercise challenged me to confront history as it was never taught in school by calling me to open my heart to a new telling of an old story. It invited me to symbolically walk with the Indigenous people and to face my personal assumptions and feelings about colonialism. For me it was a powerful and emotional journey." Ann Gotfryd, Associate Nowadays, everything pivots - The Blanket Exercise has gone online! To deepen our awareness of the history of our Indigenous peoples, as well as the impact on their current realities, the Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Committee is pleased to announce a session of the now-Virtual Kairos Blanket Exercise. This will take place from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, April 9th. The cost is $50 per person with a maximum of 40 participants. More information from Kairos at https://www.kairosblanketexercise.org/v-kbe/

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Book – I Am Because We Are by Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr

Book – I Am Because We Are by Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr. (2022; House of Amansi Press, Inc. acknowledging financial support from Canada Council of the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Government of Canada.) This is the story of family bonds, Christian values, and educational pursuits resulting in a woman’s tireless efforts to fight systemic corruption in Nigeria. The author, a Nigerian-Canadian, tells the story of her mother, Dora Akunyili, (1954-1972), a pharmacist, professor, and politically effective mover in Nigeria’s power structures. The daughter, after extensive and careful research, writes as if the mother were speaking her own story. The African practice of Ubuntu that emphasizes community over personal good was a huge motivating factor for Dora in her struggles to tackle injustice, crooked maneuvers, and face personal threats.

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Welcome, Christa!

For over three weeks now, Marguerite-Bourgeoys Province has welcomed Christa from Blessed Sacrament Province U.S.). Christa came to live an experience in Montreal as part of her year of apostolic novitiate. It is with joy that the Emmaus Community opened its apartment doors in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood. She will stay there until the end of April.

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