Revelstoke Catholic church’s Reconciling the Past series focuses Columbia Basin Treaty renewal

A series being hosted at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church will explore ways to reconcile damage done to the Columbia River Basin.

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Columbia River Basin: Reconciling the Past for Better Future is a six-part series. Photo: Mindy Brugman.

Revelstoke’s St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church is presenting a six-part series that will explore ways to reconcile damage done to the Columbia River Basin.

Columbia River Basin: Reconciling the Past for a Better Future will travel through time. It will start from the earliest rocks dating several billion years ago in the Columbia Basin, past multiple ice ages, mountain building, river carving, wildlife, salmon, early man, settlers and dams. It will explore the Columbia Basin Treaty Renewal, which is to be finalized by 2024.

A pastoral letter given by the Bishops in the Columbia River Basin will be the guide for learning and reconciliation for environmental, landscape and human impacts that have harmed the region including the original Indigenous people and settlers.

Each session will explore how the knowledge gained can help residents understand how they can address the call for reconciliation for the damage done to the Columbia River Basin. The pastoral letter raises issues about basic human ethics. The sessions include a presentation, panel discussion, music, movies, storytelling, art, healing, ethics, reconciliation, recommendations, priorities, dreams, visions and tasks.

Summaries will be prepared and shared at end of the series.

The series takes place every other Friday night at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Hall from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There are five sessions remaining:

-Nov. 17: Prehistoric before Humans History of Columbia Basin (10,000 years ago to 1800 AD).

-Dec 1, 2017: Early historic Columbia River (1800–1930 AD) presented by Cathy English.

-Jan 26, 2018: Modern history of blocking salmon migration by building dams (1930–1960).

-Feb 9, 2018: Latest human history: Dam building in the Upper Columbia River (1960–2014).

-Feb 23, 2018: Current status and the future (2014–future): Recommendations and priorities for reconciliation in the Columbia River Basin and a better future.

Anyone is welcome to attend the sessions. For more information contact Mindy at brugmanm@telus.net.

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