Monday, May 31, 2021 @ 10:21 AM
The spring of 2021 saw the release of Germinating Conversations: Stories from Sustained Rural-Urban Dialogue on Food, Faith, Farming, and the Land. Edited by Marta Bunnett Wiebe, a recent graduate of Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) and current Peace and Advocacy Coordinator at MCC Manitoba, and collaboratively published by CMU, A Rocha, Canadian Foodgrains Bank, and Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba, the book emerged out of over a 10-year-long period of class discussions, listening events, and public dialogues between urban and rural farmers in Manitoba. The book surfaces out of these various initiatives producing germinating conversations centred around reconciliation, food production, and ecological crisis. With over 30 participants of both rural and urban contexts, the book attempts to mirror the kind of dialogue, and most importantly, the kind of listening that is required for real conversations to take place.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 @ 2:56 PM
What are treaties and why do they matter? This episode features Niigaan James Sinclair, who describes treaties between First Nations and Canadian Settlers as ongoing relationships of mutual benefit, not a one-time exchange of land.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 3:56 PM
Music by Indigenous artists pumped through the Loewen Athletic Centre at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) on January 11, as crowds of people packed full the stands for the CMU Blazers' first Indigenous Peoples Day.
CMU president Cheryl Pauls welcomed everyone in English and student athlete Dennita Cameron welcomed everyone in Cree, acknowledging the Indigenous lands upon which they all gathered. People won giveaways of bannock pizza from local Indigenous-run restaurant Feast, while cheering on their basketball and volleyball teams. Between games, renowned local hoop dancer Shanley Spence performed a hoop dance and led the crowd in a round dance.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 12:07 PM
The world's youth have declared an international Week of Climate Action. In Manitoba, it all culminates Friday, September 27 on the steps of the Manitoba Legislature, where CMU students will add their voices to public outcry for a future and a hope.
Thursday, October 11, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
The stories of Indigenous and Mennonite peoples are woven into larger Canadian settlement movements, even as our experiences have been vastly different.
The early 1870's witnessed agreements with the government of Canada for both people groups. In August, 1871, Treaty 1—the first of seven signed Treaties—was signed between Canada and the Anishinabek and Swampy Cree of southern Manitoba, appropriating land from Indigenous peoples in return for reserved land and opening a basis for assimilation into Canadian society.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 @ 8:59 AM
What might it mean for Indigenous and Mennonite peoples in Manitoba to share the land? That's one of the key questions behind an upcoming panel discussion at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU).
The public is invited to attend the event, titled, "Whose Neighbour Am I? Treaty One and Mennonite Privilegium." The discussion will take place on Wednesday, October 10 at 7:00 PM in Marpeck Commons (2299 Grant Ave.). Admission is free, and all are welcome.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 @ 9:15 AM
CMU was honoured to host The Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair on Monday, March 5, 2018 where he spoke to a full house in Marpeck Commons. Senator Sinclair shared stories and insights of the TRC's 94 Calls to Action and commented on the role Canadian communities, churches, and educational institutions have in the pursuite of reconciiliation.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 9:35 AM
The Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair will present a public lecture at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) next month.
Sinclair will give the lecture, titled "The TRC, Calls to Action and the Mountain Before Us: Stories of Hope and Challenge," in Marpeck Commons (2299 Grant Ave.) on Monday, March 5 at 7:00 PM. Admission is free. All are welcome to attend.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 2:48 PM
A lecture by Niigaan James Sinclair on the story of the illegal surrender and forcible removal of the St. Peter's Band and the band's re-location to the present-day reserve of Peguis First Nation.
Niigaan James Sinclair, Anishinaabe (St. Peter's / Little Peguis), is an Assistant Professor in Native Studies at the University of Manitoba.
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 2:52 PM
Acclaimed Winnipeg singer-songwriter Steve Bell will receive the 2018 CMU PAX Award.
President Dr. Cheryl Pauls will present the award to Bell on April 5, 2018 at Gather. Give. Celebrate. Spring at CMU*, an annual fundraiser in support of the university.