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Danny Richmond: Jews have a duty to native peoples

Jodie Shupac, The CJN, September 15 2016  Danny Richmond is director of community engagement at Ve’ahavta, a Jewish social service organization dedicated to promoting positive social change. Richmond, 30, has worked for more than a decade in youth leadership, community mobilization, interfaith engagement and international development. An activist and former campaign manager for the Tony […]

High Park Tour Part of Jewish-Native Bridge Building

Jodie Shupac, The CJN, September 9, 2016  There were some emotional moments for the dozen or so members of the Jewish community assembled in Toronto’s High Park Sept. 8 for a walking tour of significant indigenous sites. “It’s not easy learning about what our country has done or the ways we’re implicated… but it was deeply […]

Jewish, First Nations Panellists Address Identity, Land and Language

Jodie Shupac, The CJN, September 7, 2016 What remains of a people’s identity when a group has been stripped of its language and land? The question was one of several that leaders from the Jewish and First Nations communities grappled with at a panel discussion held Sept. 6 at Shaarei Shomayim Congregation in Toronto. From left, […]

Canada’s residential school story to be taught in classrooms this fall

Terry Reith, Briar Stewart, CBC News, Friday, September 4, 2015 Not all jurisdictions ready to roll out curriculum As Canadian students return to class, educators are scrambling to add an important new element to the curriculum – the history and impact of residential schools. Ensuring that school children hear about the legacy of physical and […]

The elegant Aboriginal Peoples

Avrum Rosensweig, The CJN, Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Edwin Metatawabin was seven and ill when forced by nuns to eat his own vomit in his porridge at the St Anne residential school in Fort Albany, Ont. This sickening piece of Canadian history was uncovered at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and documented in its report […]

A Jew in Kenora Spreading Tikun Olam

Avrum Rosensweig, Now Magazine, Sunday, June 7, 2015 My people talk a lot when we get nervous. Natives get quiet. I’m fine with it. I am showing up. I am on a WestJet airlines turboprop flight to Thunder Bay. We’re flying at 22,000 feet, 76 of us sitting in a large cylindrical tube propped up […]

Jewish Organizations Present a Statement of Solidarity and Action that Aims to Strengthen Relations with Aboriginal Canadians

Press Release June 2, 2015 Jewish Organizations Present a Statement of Solidarity and Action that Aims to Strengthen Relations with Aboriginal Canadians Ottawa, ON – Ve’ahavta and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) were among the leading Jewish organizations participating in the ceremonies supporting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), an independent commission […]

Initiatives bring Jews, First Nations closer together (The Canadian Jewish News)

Paul Lungen, Staff Reporter, Monday, March 24, 2014 More than 100 years ago, Winnipeg businessman Harry Henteleff used to make it a practice to get out of town and do some hunting and fishing in the dense forests and pristine lakes that were plentiful on the Manitoba-Ontario border. Henteleff was usually accompanied by guides from […]