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Decolonization and Climate Change


At our JEM meeting last year, we explored the themes of awe and wonder in our relationship with Earth with Dr. Heather Eaton.

We want to begin uncovering the connection between the process of decolonisation and climate change. The recent IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] report and the subsequent COP 24 [Conference of the Parties] meeting in Poland again urge us to find ways to challenge our skewed relationship with planet earth, our common home.

Decolonisation is a transforming process in which we seek to:

  • Privilege Indigenous voices so as to learn and be transformed by them
  • Recover the wisdom within Indigenous cultures, especially the ways of being in relationship with the land and its many species
  • Challenge our dominant worldview of settler-society

The high levels [per capita] of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada can be understood as a long-term impact of the settler-worldview with its focus on exploitation for profit. Can the transforming and unsettling process of decolonisation draw us, as individuals and as a society, into a new worldview, new relationships with the land, water and each other.

Can we again discover how wonder and awe are integral to the human experience?

Audience: Religious communities, staff and collaborators. However, the public event on the evening of May 22, 2019 is open to anyone who wish to attend.

Dates: This event will take place over two days.

  • First day, May 22, will consist of reception with dinner followed by a public event. The invitation for the reception is extended ONLY to leadership/treasurers of religious congregations. It will take place from 4:45-6:30 pm. The dinner reception will be followed by a public event which is FREE and open to EVERYONE. RSVP required. The event will take place from 7-9 pm.
  • Second day, May 23 from 9-3:30pm, will deliver various presentations and panel discussions and is open ONLY to religous communities, staff and collaborators to attend.

Price: There are three different ticket prices:

  • May 22, dinner attendance $30 (invitation extended only to leadership/treasurers). The public event that will follow is FREE and can be attended by anyone. RSVP required for the public event.
  • May 23, attendance $30. Open ONLY to religous communities, staff and collaborators.

Accommodation: accommodation available at Loretto College (site of the Mary Ward Centre). Please, call 416-925-2833 and ask for Alice Gomes.

Deadline for registrations: May 13 , 2019

Contact us for more information at:

Varka Kalaydzhieva

416-467-8070, ext.2676

[email protected]

May 22, 2019 at 7:00pm - 9pm
Mary Ward Centre
70 St Mary St
Toronto, ON M5S 1J3
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