Yours, Mine, Ours: Unravelling the Doctrine of Discovery

PART OF SERIES TRC Trilogy
illust. Matt Veith
Book, 2016, 164 pp
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Honouring the call of Indigenous peoples from around the world, Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission has specifically summoned


all religious denominations and faith groups ... to repudiate concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous lands and peoples, such as the Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius (Call to Action #49)

But what are these concepts of dispossession? And in what ways are they connected to our contemporary communities?

In Yours, Mine, Ours, over 40 authors from diverse backgrounds - Indigenous and Settler, Christian and Traditional - wrestle with this call to repudiation, what it might mean to Christians across North America, and what it entails for relationships with host peoples and host lands. With a firm hold on past and present colonialism, the authors tackle key questions that the TRC's call raises: What role did the Church play in the creation of the Doctrine of Discovery? How was Christian faith and practice used to aid and abet centuries of Indigenous dispossession? In what ways do these old concepts still live, move, and have their being? What are the present-day responsibilities of Settler Christians? What does repudiation really mean? And what are the ways forward ... beyond repudiation?

Includes a study guide by Tim Runtz.

(4 sessions)

Contributors include:

Alison Brookins, Jennifer Reid, Robert J. Miller, Shari Russell, Rudy Wiebe, Andrew Fitzmaurice, Grace Li Xiu Woo, Michael Asch, Gord Hill, Lynn Gehl, Sylvia Mcadam, Chickadee Richard, Robert Zacharias, Angelina Mcleod, Chuck Wright, Mark Brett, Derrick Jensen, Ramone Romero, Walter Brueggemann, Nicholas Burns, Gordon Matties, Tink Tinker, Steven Charleston, Denise Nadeau, Alain Epp Weaver, Rachelle Friesen, Stan Mckay, Marion Grau, Iris de Leon-Hartshorn, Randy S. Woodley, Janet Rogers, Sara Anderson, Joe Heikman, Elaine Enns, Ched Myers, Chris Hiller, Sarah Maddison, Elaine Bishop, Adrian Jacobs, Karen Kuhnert, Arlea Ashcroft, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Steven Paul Judd, Alex McKay, Lyla June Johnston, Garth Lenz, Richard Bell and Emory Douglas, Angela Sterritt, Steve Heinrichs.

The 2-sided poster, found on pages 26-27, 48-49 can be downloaded separately here.

Also see the related special Intotemak issues Wrongs to Rights and Quest for Respect, both available separately.

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