Readers write: October 9, 2017 issue

October 4, 2017 | Viewpoints | Volume 21 Issue 19
Various Contributors |

Kudos to ‘Shared land’ organizers and participants
Re: “Shared land” photo, Aug. 28, back cover.

My husband and I attended and appreciated the focus on learning about and respecting the thousands of years of history of our land. It was a profound and honest way to celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday.

Bringing that historical focus into the present so that we can move forward together, Bryan Yellowhorn, an Indigenous elder, reminded us that both settlers and Indigenous people need to be patient with each other’s culture and religion.

Thank you to Dave Neufeld and everyone associated with the Ancient Echoes Interpretive Centre, to the First Nations presenters and all the guests for demonstrating that kind of patience, together with respect and good will, throughout the weekend.

Naomi Unger, Rabbit Lake, Sask.


Front cover considered exclusive
Re: “Back to school around the world” front and back cover photo, Sept. 11 issue.

For six years of their school lives my daughters did not go back to school in September. Living in the southern hemisphere (Botswana, Africa) we enjoyed a different pace of life with our summer holidays in December and a new beginning and grade in January. The front and back covers seem to suggest that all children around the world go back to school in September. Perhaps a different title would have been more inclusive.

Susan Allison-Jones, Cambridge, Ont.

The print edition of Canadian Mennonite included a letter from the General Board of Mennonite Church Canada. It was posted online on Sept. 29, 2017. You can view it here.

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