Date(s) - July 7, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lafarge Lake Amphitheatre
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The Rising Eagle Reconciliation Concert at the Town Centre Park Plaza, Coquitlam July 7, 2017 at 7pm
This will be a free concert featuring the anointed music of Art Lucier and the Revivers. It will involve church leaders and first nation elders. The event will include apologies, speeches, celebrations, music and dance.
Our desired outcome in hosting this event is to help our community participate in the ongoing work of reconciliation in hope that we will enter a new era of respect, cooperation, trust and friendship between the first peoples of this region and the church.
We hope the impact of this event will be and bring hope and healing to many in our community. As the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report states: “Together, Canadians must do more than just talk about reconciliation; we must learn how to practice reconciliation.
”We want to use the marker of Canada’s 150th birthday to acknowledge the past and to celebrate the work of reconciliation that has been done to date, including the apology of the federal government, the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the many actions and efforts of many others. This is the time to reflect on our past, celebrate the progress we have made as well as to strive toward a more inclusive reconciliation for our future.
The Rising Eagle Reconciliation Concert will carry forward the work that has begun. It is time for the church to rise up and give leadership to restore the important relationship between the church and first nations. As church leaders, we want to take responsibility for the historical role the church has played by their actions and their silence and give Christians in this region the opportunity to engage with our first people.
We believe there will be a profound spiritual impact on the churches and on the first peoples. The power of heartfelt apology and forgiveness is immense. As the church takes responsibility for their failing in the past, and as first people are empowered to embrace forgiveness a release of the power and presence of God will be the result. The enemies of God who have kept the first people in bondage and the church limited will be vanquished. Thus there will be a new freedom for the church and for the first nations in this region. We are committed to creating a more inclusive community and ongoing partnerships among these groups which we anticipate will be accompanied by a great blessing from the Father.
For the purpose of this project, we have brought together group of gifted and committed team of leaders called the Rising Eagle Organization. We are inviting others in our community to join us in partnership to accomplish these inspiring goals.
Music: Art Lucier and the Reviver Band
Art Lucier is an internationally known and celebrated musician and speaker. Art has a passion for God that is clearly evident in his music, his leadership and his powerful prophetic voice.
Art and his wife Heather pastor The Harvest Church which they founded in Kitimat BC. Art and his family and their band Reviver have been received across the nation and around the world.
Reviver and special guest – Brian Houston from Belfast – will be performing at Rising Eagle.
Art has a heart for the nation of Canada and for the First People of this land.
We are excited to welcome Art and his team to the tri-cities and anticipate an amazing celebration of reconciliation.
His new album, Deep and Dance, will be available for purchase at the concert!
To preview or download his music go to:
Guest Speaker: Kenny Blacksmith
Kenny Blacksmith grew up assisting his mother, the community ‘doctor’, using traditional medicine to heal the sick in the Cree community of Mistissini Lake, Quebec .
As a boy, he was forcefully taken away from home to attend an Indian Residential School hundreds of miles away.
Kenny was eventually reunited with his mother, who had become a Christian. Through her influence and loving example, Kenny and his wife Louise committed their lives to Jesus.
The couple helped translate the New Testament into their Cree language; and Kenny later served his people as President of the Cree School Board and Deputy Grand Chief of the Cree Nation of Mistissini.
Together they founded Gathering Nations International, a non-profit organization with a goal of seeing the complete spiritual, emotional, and physical healing and release of the First Peoples of Canada.
Kenny has a heart to love and embrace all people.
We are looking forward to hearing his inspiring message!