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early morning, before light, heading to Victoria Island, meeting up with old & new friends, seeing familiar faces, elders welcoming us to the traditional territory of the Algonquins

the wind blows cold, and grandfather sky is greeting us with his tears of joy at our gathering

we are in the right place

it is the right time




as we huddle and pray

the words of Sylvia resonate in my heart:

“when they lit the Sacred Fire, the cold left my body”

About Riscylla Walsh Shaw

Riscylla Walsh Shaw, Christ Church Bolton – is passionate about the good news of Jesus, social justice and creating space for the voices of the marginalized peoples of our society. Active listener and witness for the Anglican Church at the seven national events of Canada's Truth & Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools unfolding over the past six years from coast to coast to coast. Riscylla has Métis and settler heritage and was raised on a farm. Ordained for 14 years, she has engaged in rural, suburban, & urban parish ministries in the Diocese of Toronto, is active in the councils of the church and sits on the Primate's Commission for Discovery, Reconciliation & Justice. In Bolton, Riscylla is working on innovative community ministry, expanding into new ways of engaging as church in our changing social context
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