NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community
17th Annual Symposium
June 4 - 6, 2020
“Community Health and Well-being: Conversations on Wholeness”
The purpose of the symposium is to facilitate open dialogue about various aspects of biblical and theological contextualization in Indigenous thought, history, and experience. Symposium planners hope that participants will bring together academic and practical approaches to the issues being addressed in the symposium.
For many years now NAIITS has been exploring topics of interest and concern to a wide variety of people engaged within the wider Indigenous community. At each symposium there have been clear articulations of the landscape in which we found ourselves, and there have been cutting edge insights about how we might more effectively engage as Indigenous people within our communities and with those from other socio-cultural backgrounds and contexts.
Our focus will be on the overall health and well being of human beings with themselves, their Creator/Restorer, one another, the land, and the rest of the creation of which we are a part. Of particular interest will be those topics and presentations that describe a holistic and Asset-based, or non-disease based approach to dealing with historic and intergenerational trauma.
Of particular interest will be how the interplay of a theology that shifts its starting points and practice from a deficit framework to an asset-based one might transform our understanding of the human community environment, the practical issues of social context, and relationships with the living creation of which humanity is a part. Papers that utilize any of a broad range of research and presentation methodologies will be considered. Submissions should address one or more of the following topic areas as noted above:
- Indigenous values and perspectives that might contribute to alternative responses to those being offered elsewhere in respect of therapeutic interventions;
- Theologies and Indigenous readings of the scriptures that might offer a way forward in some of the following:
- How does the Bible instruct us as far as its understandings of communal models of life that are health focused? Extended family? Role of elders and ancestors?
- What do the concepts of shalom and restoration mean to community health and wellbeing?
- What, if any, are human responsibilities for our joint healing that emerge in the growing intercultural milieu in which Indigenous peoples now find themselves?
- What are the implications of short and long-term engagement with the land as nurturer of life for healing and community well-being? How, then, does the land bring healing to and with human persons and communities?
Papers should strive to demonstrate how traditional Indigenous understandings, cultural perspectives, and historic practices, might strengthen the wider society and mitigate the continued alienation of people from the land.
LOCATION: Delivered Virtually!
Nova Scotia (ADT)
NOVA SCOTIA (ADT)