Our Home and Treaty Land (Paper)

Walking Our Creation Story

  • 9781773434148
  • 200.00
  • Paper
  • 9781773434148
  • 10/30/2022
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$ 19.95


The words “Treaty means that your identity is bigger than just you” are used both literally and metaphorically. “It’s tempting to start the story of a long journey, even a journey of realization, with the arrival rather than the first, uncertain, steps. But it’s really those first steps that prepare for everything else.” “First steps are what this book is about,” writes Matthew Anderson in his preface, and understanding Treaty is an essential first step. Treaty – what it meant to the First Nations and to the Newcomers who originally entered into it, and what it could and should mean for all of us today – lies at the heart of this book. Treaty is key to the shared narrative, shared spirituality, and shared respect for the land that Ray Aldred says are necessary for our peoples – Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike – to walk well, to live well together on the land because Treaty still is, or should be, a lived reality. Treaty doesn’t refer to a onetime, historical event, but to a lasting, daily way of “living well,” in right relation to each other, to the land, and to the Creator.


Reverend Doctor Raymond Aldred is a husband, father of four, and grandfather. He was first ordained with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada and is now ordained with the Anglican Church of Canada. He is status Cree from Swan River Band, Treaty 8. Born in Northern Alberta, he now resides with his wife, Elaine, in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. Ray is the director of the Indigenous Studies Program at the Vancouver School of Theology, whose mission is to partner with the Indigenous Church around theological education. Ray’s passion is to help as many as possible hear the gospel in their heart language. Together, Ray and Elaine have also helped train people to facilitate support groups for those who have suffered abuse.

Reverend Doctor Matthew Anderson was born and raised on Treaty 4 territory. He is an Affiliate Professor in Theological Studies at Concordia University, Tio’tiá:ke (Montréal). He was recently appointed Director of Camino Nova Scotia at the Atlantic School of Theology and is an ordained Lutheran Pastor. He lives with his wife, Sara, in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Matthew is father to three grown children and has one grandchild. He podcasts at Pilgrimage Stories from Up and Down the Staircase, and blogs at somethinggrand.ca and unsettledwords.com.



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