Parry Stelter believes the workshops he hosts on Indigenous reconciliation can heal centuries-old wounds.
The Alexander First Nation member and Indigenous activist has been running his meetings for a number of years and brought out his standard presentation to the Hope Christian Reformed Church just north of Stony Plain in November. He will be back Feb. 8, and, whereas his first talk was on general issues for his people and Indigenous Canadians across the country, the new one has a more religion-focused angle.
“Everybody was very excited after the last one,” he said. “They felt that they had learned a lot and that this work needs to continue on. This one helps to bridge the gap between Indigenous people and church. Because of all the baggage that happened over the years, there are still a lot of people that believe in god and the church, but they still have a lot of emotional baggage and are a little hesitant about coming out.”