Tatamagouche Centre works together with a number of organizations and networks to achieve our mission. Our partners each bring a depth of experience, wisdom and skills in their particular area of commitment. Working together we are able to achieve more than any of us could on our own.
Indigenous Peace and Friendship Project
This is a partnership project of Tatamagouche Centre and the Mennonite Central Committee, in association with the Aboriginal Rights Coalition – Atlantic and the Task Group on Aboriginal Relationships and Concerns of Maritime Conference, United Church of Canada. Building on the foundational work of Lnapskuk – The Neighhbours Project from 2002 to 2005, this project works toward further efforts of peace, justice and mutuality among Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and groups in the Maritime region.
The title “Peace and Friendship” comes from the names of the series of treaties, signed in the 1700’s, between the First Nations of this region and the British Crown. These treaties are legal today, and inspire us toward a re-newing of good relationships, as they had been envisioned long ago. This project work of peace and friendship happens not only through programs at Tatamagouche Centre – new networks, gatherings, educational events and celebrations are being encouraged in all parts of our Maritime region.
Our vision for Peace and Friendship work:
To create a new understanding and awareness between one another which creates an environment for healing the past. Many generations before us have passed on without reconciling the past. Now, we as the children of those ancestors who signed the Peace and Friendship Treaties (Mi’kmaq, Wolastoq, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, and non-Indigenous) have a unique role, responsibility and opportunity to re-establish peaceful relationships with one another so that the atrocities of the past will not be repeated, overtly or covertly.
We must create new awareness between and amongst Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, that those who currently and/or one day will create policy (social, political, educational, judicial, environmental, etc) will someday deem it laughable and absurd that there was once a time the Indigenous Peoples of this land were not included in any type of policy development or discussion, at any level.
Contemplative Pathways (formerly known as the Atlantic Jubilee Program in Spiritual Deepening and Spiritual Guidance) is an initiative within the Atlantic region of Canada, grounded in the Christian contemplative tradition and yet, open to contemplative spiritual practices coming from many world traditions.
We offer programs in personal spiritual deepening, contemplative leading in the world and formation in the practice of spiritual guidance as pathways that hold great promise for authentic human emergence in the world.
This initiative seeks to develop leadership in the contemplative way, for the ongoing transformation of the world.
For more information please go to the Contemplative Pathways website:
Breaking the Silence
During the 1980s in Guatemala, the army waged a genocidal war against Mayan communities and social activists. In 1988 Tatamagouche Centre began an active presence of mutual solidarity with these Guatamalan communities. We continue today through a Maritimes-wide network of volunteers, known as “the Maritimes – Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network” (BTS).
We support Guatemalans struggling for political, social, economic and cultural justice and recognize that injustice results from structural inequalities both within and between countries. BTS is committed to supporting structural transformation both in Guatemala and in Canada.
We work with partner organizations to create relationships and projects based on solidarity, friendship, and human rights advocacy. We are inspired by Guatemalans working for peace with justice.
- Sending interns and volunteers to Guatemala who work with local villages
- Promoting fair Trade coffee
- Speaking tours
- Longterm campaign of support for Guatemalan communities resisting actions of Canadian mining companies.
- Training and sending Canadians to act as international observers and witnesses to human rights violations and threats.
To learn more about BTS policies and structures, visit the BTS Network website.
Common Life Community
The goal of the Common Life program is to build community–a common life–among participants so that they can be challenged and supported to live a healing life in the church and in the world.
Participants meet monthly (or every six weeks) in small groups to pray, to reflect on their engagement with five areas of commitment, and to share a simple meal. Each group may choose distinct activities to develop engagement with the five key practices. Some groups view films and read books together. Others undertake special projects.
There are five key spiritual practices on which groups center their common life.
- Engagement for justice
- Attending to the spirit
- Dedication to learning
- Commitment to community
The focus of the Common Life community (CLC) is the intentional commitment to explore and learn about the five practices and to prayerfully support and hold one another accountable to living out these practices in one’s daily life. The network supports members in discerning and doing God’s healing work in the church, community and world. Community members explore what it means to respond to key spiritual challenges of our time. Common Life groups are open to people who are seeking new ways of understanding and living their faith.
The Common Life community is a national ecumenical network of people who share a common life based on Christian principles and tradition and Tatamagouche Centre facilitates the network regionally. This is a program of all of the national Education/Retreat Centres of the United Church of Canada.