I recently had the privilege to spend a month among the Penelakut First Nation in British Columbia, Canada.  The trip was one heck of an eye opener.

Past injustices have conspired to wreak havoc on First Nations communities today.  Systemic poverty, addictions, suicide… all fruit borne out of a broken past.

Sebastian, one of the participants of ROOTS.

But things are not hopeless on Penelakut Island.  The people are strong.  They are willing to fight hard to overcome hardship.  And they have partners in this journey of healing and restoration: Tal James and Tim Christensen of the ROOTS program.

Using traditional outdoor activities such as archery and kayaking, Tim and Tal are helping Penelakut people find dignity and healing within themselves and reminding this community of its connection to the Creator.  It’s a beautiful expression of the kingdom of God.

They say, the roots of the past bear fruit in the present.  Well, there are new roots being laid on Penelakut Island, and I can’t wait to see the fruit!

A Lot to Learn

It seems that the game “Cowboys and Indians” might be lacking a bit of nuance…

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The Big House: Part I

“Hmmm… This will be an interesting experience.”

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The Big House: Part II

How do you maintain the traditions of the past when you have to compete with Xboxes, reality TV and Facebook?

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Survivors

What I learned that day shocked me.  And I knew that it was only a very small tip of a very large iceberg…

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Photo Gallery: Long Gone

Bricks that once housed great injustice now serve a different purpose…

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Warrior

Something significant was going on beneath the surface of that short conversation…

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Video: Taking Ownership

These kids have a reason to be proud of their work!

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Reclaimed

Can art reclaim a slowly disappearing culture?

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Photo Gallery: Beautiful British Columbia

A few photographs of the stunning scenery here!

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Responsible

Sure, bad things happened in the past, but what does that have to do with me?

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About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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  1. JimM said... 

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    April 25th, 2012 at 11:51 pm  

    Thanks Barry, very interesting series.

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