Shared Narratives of Hardships, United Hope for Healing
Presentation by Kim Wheatley, an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) band member of Shawanaga First Nation Reserve located in the Georgian Bay region of Ontario, and Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg, Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel
On the surface, the collective narratives of the Jewish people and the Indigenous people differ greatly. However, both peoples share commonalities in their commitment to peoplehood, spirituality and investment in the land. Further, both nations have suffered unspeakable hardships in their histories and today face the challenges of holding this troubled past close and identifying a pathway forward. This journey of healing can be fostered in tandem. Rabbi Mikelberg, a grandchild of Holocaust Survivors and Kim Wheatley, Anishinaabe (Ojibway) band member of Shawanaga First Nation, will reflect on their shared conversations as keepers of their families’ stories. They will each speak to the importance of documenting past histories internally within their respective communities, and externally with their neighboring communities, as a means to build bridges and to heal wounds of the past.
Sponsor: Temple Israel