Professor of First Nations Theology to speak at Xit’olacw School 

The roleof families in supporting children will be the focus of a presentation by Dr. Martin Brokenleg at the Xit’olacw School on Friday, Sept. 12.

The Howe Sound School District Parent Advisory Committee, Howe Sound School Board and the Lil’wat Nation are inviting all members of the Sea to Sky community to listen to Dr. Brokenleg, director of Native Ministries and Professor of First Nations Theology at the Vancouver School of Theology.

“There are signs that the alienation between children and adults is greater now than at any point in history,” according to Dr. Brokenleg. “Having lost our tribal and village roots, many North Americans live in increasingly depersonalised environments and growing numbers of children grow up without secure attachments to care givers. Schools hope to find discipline and order by resorting to zero tolerance bureaucratic discipline policies and by excluding children who most need stability that could be offered by concerned educators. In the face of many pressures confronting today’s families, parents need concrete strategies for raising caring, respectful, responsible children.”

Dr. Brokenleg is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota and practices the spiritual traditions of his people. He holds degrees in psychology and theology. He is author of many articles on First Nations culture and on youth at risk.

This community event will be hosted by the Xit’olacw School (Mount Currie New Site), starting at 5 p.m. Local First Nations and community groups will provide dinner. A Welcome Ceremony at 6:30 will begin the second part of the evening where Dr. Brokenleg will speak on the topic, “Families: Circles of Courage”.

Organizers ask that people travelling from outside the Pemberton/ Mt. Currie/Darcy/CulCum Valley RSVP to cjewett@shaw.ca to ensure sufficient food is prepared for the dinner.

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