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(Back row, L-R) Hannah Connelly, Neil Weisensel, and Bryna Link meet with translator Jules Chartrand (front-left) and his daughter Yvonne Chartrand (front-right).

Innovative Indigenous language database developed and launched by Li Keur team and CMU

Posted in Stories  •  Monday, June 21, 2021 @ 11:25 AM

The team behind Li Keur, Riel's Heart of the North launched an innovative Indigenous language database this spring.

Li Keur is a new dramatic musical work co-created by Métis poet and scholar Dr. Suzanne Steele, who wrote the libretto, and CMU Adjunct Professor of Music Neil Weisensel, who composed the music alongside Métis fiddler Alex Kusturok. It is a reimagining of Louis Riel's "missing" years from 1870–72 and the strong women that surrounded him.

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CMU's Miriam Huebner is the lone Canadian on a 6,024-kilometre ride from Seattle to Washington D.C. as part of the Climate Ride, a two-month expedition into learning more about, and raising the awareness of, climate change. 
(photo courtesy of the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions)

CMU student cycles across U.S. to learn about climate change and boost awareness

Posted in Stories  •  Friday, June 18, 2021 @ 5:42 PM

This summer, CMU student Miriam Huebner is switching out her textbooks and laptop for her helmet and bike shorts. Huebner is cycling 6,024 kilometres (3,743 miles) across the United States for climate justice.

She and 17 other riders are participating in the Climate Ride, a two-month bike trip from Seattle to Washington D.C. Along the way, the group will learn about the impacts of climate change on diverse communities, raise awareness of climate issues, connect people across the country with other people and organizations fighting climate change, and grow closer to the land.

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Sunday@CMU

Sunday@CMU: June 2021

Posted in Audio  •  Sunday, June 6, 2021 @ 12:00 AM

Theme: Naming and Dismantling Walls of Privilege; Seeing the Other as Beloved

This month on Sunday@CMU, we are rebroadcasting a series from Arlyn Friesen Epp. He performs several monologues and dramatic retellings of scripture, which explore naming and dismantling the walls of privilege that separate people. Arlyn is the Director of CommonWord, a Bookstore and Resource Centre jointly operated by CMU and Mennonite Church Canada.

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Faculty: In Their Own Words - Dr. Jobb Arnold

Faculty: In Their Own Words - Dr. Jobb Arnold

Posted in Faculty Profiles  •  Wednesday, June 2, 2021 @ 9:08 AM

Dr. Jobb Arnold, Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution Studies, has taught at Menno Simons College and CMU since 2015.

What do you love about your work here?

An element I really like about CMU and working here is it's got a practice orientation; people care about what happens in the world. This is really close to my heart, having worked in places like Rwanda and Northern Ireland and indeed here in Winnipeg. There's a lot of people suffering and there's a lot of hurt, so working in the conflict resolution department, one of the things I've always really valued is seeing people's lives change for the better. I think that's something that's not just an intellectual exercise, but it's an applied question of implementation.

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Marta Bunnett Wiebe, editor of <i>Germinating Conversations: Stories from Sustained Rural-Urban Dialogue on Food, Faith, Farming, and the Land</i>

Germinating Conversations: CMU alumna harvests a decade of content to produce book

Posted in News Releases  •  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.

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