Native awareness

A moment from yesterday

March 9, 2016 | Viewpoints | Volume 20 Issue 6
Conrad Stoesz | Mennonite Heritage Centre

Freeman Simard is pictured in traditional indigenous regalia in the front of a church in Manigotogan, Man., which is about 200 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg. A small portable record player is helping Freeman as he participates in an event called ‘Native awareness’ around the Christmas season in 1979. Manigotogan is one of the communities where Jake and Trudie Unrau worked as Native Ministries staff with the Conference of Mennonites in Canada. Canadian Mennonites have a history of working with indigenous communities, including creating space for indigenous people to give voice to their concerns and priorities.

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