Kathy Moorhead Thiessen

Kathy Moorhead Thiessen is a member of Hope Mennonite Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She serves half of her year in Kurdish Northern Iraq with Christian Peacemaker Teams.

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Do You Drink Water? Welcome to Idle No More

by Kathy Moorhead Thiessen 03-11-2013
 Photo by Kathy Moorhead Thiessen

Round dance, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Dec. 31. Photo by Kathy Moorhead Thiessen

I grew up in the Canadian north of Watson Lake, Yukon. My elementary years were spent in a public school with children of the Kaska nation. As I became an adult I was pretty proud of my exposure to and knowledge of indigenous people. But it took a return to Canada after a seven-year sojourn away to make me realize that I knew very little. I did not like the discomfort I had as I walked the city centre streets in Winnipeg, Manitoba, home of the largest urban indigenous population in Canada.

It was then I decided I had to learn. Over the last two years I have pushed myself to read and sit and listen.