In his remarks after dinner, Bishop explained his family crest (the Logan clan) includes a heart with three nails. The nails represent, for Bishop, truth-telling, healing and reconciliation. In providing detail on the first, Bishop read a 1938 quote from an official of the residential school partnership between government and the Anglican Church. The quote was shocking in the obvious underlying objective of the schools; to remove the Aboriginal from the children who were taken from their families by the system. His presentation made the point dramatically in a manner that confirmed the need for Anglicans, along with the victims, to be healed as a precondition to reconciliation.
Chief Recalma spoke of the importance of the SJ and repeated his welcome of the previous day.
The Nanoose FN was represented by education director, Patti Edward and elder, Barbara Barltrop. Patti spoke of the current attempts to introduce First Nations languages and cultures into the education system.
The most poignant moment of the evening was provided by Barbara who thanked the church for its support during recent crises (see video below). Then she paid high honour to Bishop, the Anglican Church and the SJ saying, "This is the only church taking action like this, on an issue of such importance." "You must be very proud of your bishop and your church." Imagine how touched we all were. In fact, she had articulated what our team members had been saying to each other as we watched the bishop's vision unfold over the previous days while on the journey together.
Another wonderful day - a day full of good experiences, pleasant surprises and profound learning. A day that confirmed the importance of the SJ for those of us travelling with Bishop. A day that must give all on these islands - Anglicans, First Peoples and others - hope that the future can be one in which relationships have been made right and we are all better for it.
Would that everyone could have the experience we had today. We just hope that our modest reports and the stories with which we return give a sense of the opportunities that we are witnessing.
Days are so full as we journey southward and my reports are getting behind.
May God be good to you as God is being to us.
Wayne for the SJ road team