Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hope is exponential. It starts as an internal dialogue, a new way of seeing the world. It is passed on around the dining table or through conversations with strangers. In time, it builds enough momentum to become ingrained in communities. Hope can heal old wounds and create new opportunities for trust, understanding and relationship. And hope is possible anywhere there are people willing to seek it out. This was the message that Rob Corcoran brought with him to Edmonton’s Hope in the Cities discussion forum on October 17.

A diverse group of individuals, including representatives from FNMI (First Nations, Metis & Inuit) service agencies, KAIROS (Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives) and inner city service agencies among others, came together to discuss the possibilities of building new relationships and networks in the Edmonton area. Some of the discussion focused on the work of the Hope in the Cities program, Initiatives of Change and the challenges facing First Nations communities in Alberta. The event was graciously hosted at Native Counseling Services of Alberta by the staff of The National Day of Reconciliation and Healing.

Participants look forward to meeting again and discussing the possibilities for further networking and collaboration.

Roberta Palynychuk
Consultant for Alberta Education

L to R )  Hope Regimbald (Exec. Dir. Aboriginal Addictions Awareness and Campaign Manager for National Day of Healing and Reconciliation), Pat Robertson (KAIROS Calgary), Cecile Fausak (United Church Liaison Minister: Residential Schools), Jack Freebury (retired civil servant, Edmonton)