Aboriginal Justice


After fifteen months of full-time service with CPT's Aboriginal Justice Team, my view of peacemaking is broadening from answering Ron Sider's 1984 challenge, embracing the cross and the Spirit of The Way and standing in front of weapons, to also challenging the church to transform violence and oppression through outreach, education, advocacy and liberating love. 

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Aboriginal Justice Project Support Coordinator position opening

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) invites expressions of interest in and nominations for the half-time position of Aboriginal Justice Team Project Support Coordinator. The Coordinator will provide leadership and support for CPT's Aboriginal Justice Team and, as a member of the Support Team, will serve as primary link between the project and the rest of CPT.

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 3, 2013

Pray with Christian Peacemaker Teams partner Grassy Narrows First Nation after Ontario's Court of Appeals authorized Ontario to grant logging permits on the Nation's traditional territory, based on a colonial legal argument rejected by international law for centuries.

ABORIGINAL JUSTICE: Ontario appeals court rules against Grassy Narrows First Nation

On 18 March, Ontario's Court of Appeals ruled that Ontario has the authority to issue logging permits on Grassy Narrows (Asubpeeschoseewagong) traditional territory, overturning a previous Superior Court decision that sided with the community.

IRAQ: Ten years of lamentation, partnering and action

Ten years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, CPT,
together with uncounted Iraqi families, laments
the ongoing carnage that continues to echo from
that moment.

ABORIGINAL JUSTICE REFLECTION: "Do you drink water? Welcome to Idle No More."

The Idle No More movement is
drawing all kinds of people in.  
"We are only as strong as we
find a way to stand together."

Prayers for Peacemakers, March 6, 2013

Pray for strength for First Nations women in leadership roles in their communities and in grass roots social justice work. Pray for Canadian settlers to effectively deter the colonial oppression of predatory sexual assault by non-native men against First Nations women.

ABORIGINAL JUSTICE: Who is Missing on Valentine’s Day?

Hundreds gathered outside Toronto's Police Headquarters on St. Valentine's
Day to remember beloved Aboriginal women stolen by violence, apathy and

ABORIGINAL JUSTICE: Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign begins

Indigenous Haudenausonee
and settlers weave a future
after an agreement's first
400 years.

ABORIGINAL JUSTICE/PALESTINE REFLECTION: Recognizing Palestine in my Jewish identity

"Where is Palestine?" I asked my mother.

"You don’t know?!" she replied incredulously. "Palestine isn’t a real place. It doesn’t exist."