Series 10 - Native Concerns

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CA MHSBC 160-10

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Native Concerns

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  • 1960-1990 (Creation)

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15 cm of textual records

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(1940-)

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Mennonite Central Committee of BC

British Columbia Mennonites became active in their support of refugee relief during the 1930s. In 1940 the Provincial Mennonite Relief Committee, British Columbia (PMRC-BC) was formed. Abram A. Wiens was the director of this work from 1943-1963 having opened a clothing depot in a converted chicken barn on his property in 1944. In 1961 it became known as the Provincial Mennonite Relief and Immigration Committee (PMRIC).
In December, 1963 Mennonite Central Committee Canada was formed by representatives of various Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches. Its affiliate, Mennonite Central Committee British Columbia (MCCBC) was formed on October 24, 1964. MCC remains an active organization concerned with international development and emergency relief services in more than 50 countries world-wide, but also with local services to aboriginal people, abuse response and prevention, employment and community development, HIV/Aids education, peace education, refugee assistance and service worker placement.

Sources: Footprints of Compassion edited by Helen Lescheid et al.

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Series consists of the following files:
1) Port Hardy - 1975, 1977-1982 - (1 file) Box 345
2) Siegfried Bartel, "Die Ureinwohner dieses Landes" - 1979 - (1 file) Box 345
3) Aboriginal Awareness - 1974, 1977-1979, 1980, 1982 - (1 file) Box 345
4) Indian Band - 1978-1980 - (1 file) Box 345
5) Tsulquate Indian Reserve - 1980 - (1 file) Box 345
6) Indian Schools - 1980 - (1 file) Box 345
7) Indian Treatment Centres - 1960, 1976-1978 - (1 file) Box 345
8) Indian Voluntary Service Worker - 1974, 1977, 1979-1982 - (1 file) Box 345
9) Indian Land Claims - 1976-1977 - (1 file) Box 345
10) Foster Homes - 1979-1980 - (1 file) Box 345
11) Indian-Eskimo Association - 1966 - (1 file) Box 345
12) World Food Crisis - 1974, 1980, 1982 - (1 file) Box 345
13) Native Gardening - 1979-1982 - (1 file) Box 345
14) School Kits - 1976 - (1 file) Box 345
15) Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship - International Students - 1982-1983 - (1 file) Box 345
16) Correspondence - 1985-1988 - (1 file) Box 345
17) Haida Meetings - 1985-1986 - (1 file) Box 345
18) Native Concerns - 1982, 1984, 1990 - (1 file) Box 345
19) Native Concerns - 1976-1980,1982, 1984, 1987-1990 - (4 files) Box 346

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Native Concerns

MCC Native Concerns activities were first focused on the Port Hardy area on Vancouver Island namely the Kwakiutl Indians on the Tsulquate Reserve. This came about after Jake Hiebert and MCC Canada’s Menno Wiebe visited there and saw some of the needs that were apparent in that place. In 1974 the first workers, Steve and Edith Dyck, arrived there to provide a sympathetic ear and to give advice if needed. In 1979 Mary Giesbrecht came as a teacher in the Band school and others came along in the following years. During 1974 to 1987 there were 24 Voluntary Service workers in this area involved in child care, a receiving home, a foster home, Shalom House (a government group home for apprehended children), education and summer gardening ventures plus other activities.

In recent years this program has become known as “Aboriginal Neighbors” and has broadened to try to relate to aboriginal people in other parts of BC. In 2008 the Program Director was Daryl Klassen.

Sources: Footprints of Compassion edited by Helen Lescheid; MCCBC, 2008 Annual Report booklet.

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208

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Record created November 05, 2009
Record modified November 26, 2009

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Series updated January 21, 2019 LJK

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