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Waterloo Lutheran Seminary to host discussion on Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission
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Lori Ransom, an ordained elder of The Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC), a member of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation in eastern Ontario, and a senior advisor responsible for relations with churches and other faith communities for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), will give a public lecture at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary on May 28.
Ransom’s presentation, titled “Yesterday and Tomorrow: Reflection on Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” will look at what the commission has learned about what happened at residential schools, and will provide perspective on how faith groups have responded to the TRC process. She will also offer ideas for future work by churches and faith groups to work toward renewal and reconciliation in Canada’s relationship with First Nation peoples.
Prior to her work with the TRC, Ransom worked to support healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples for the PCC, and was the director of executive services and communications for the Government of Canada’s Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development in Ontario, where she led public relations and education work. Ransom also co-chaired the mission and power study group for the Edinburgh 2010: Witnessing to Christ Together centenary mission conference. She is also the clerk of session at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Toronto.
Ransom will speak at 10:30 a.m. in the Keffer Chapel at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. The lecture will be followed by round-table discussions. The event is sponsored by Waterloo Lutheran Seminary’s Centre for Public Faith and Wilfrid Laurier University’s Office of Aboriginal Initiatives.