For last months 'Welfare Wednesday' movie night we watched "V for Vendetta," and I think a few quotes from it help set our National Aboriginal Day celebration in a revolutionary context.
"V: Would you... dance with me?
Evey Hammond: Now? On the eve of your revolution?
V: A revolution without dancing is a revolution not worth having!"
And so we danced, we celebrated culture, and we met people we would not normally encounter.
Yet there is a past. We are a people marked and scarred by the past. We have been the oppressors and the oppressed. Instead of ignoring this history, however, we acknowledge it, feel it, and move through it. It is this movement through our division that unites us in the revolution of love.
And so we danced. We were welcomed to the land, and in turn we welcomed each other into our lives over the table. The table and the food joined us together. In the same way Jesus welcomes us to his table, we attempt to welcome each other to our tables.
It is in this vision of a revolution of Love that Mosaic attempts to participate and welcome others. We were incredibly encouraged by the sheer number of people who decided to join us in this revolution by participating in National Aboriginal Day celebration. Not only was the number large, the engagement was also deep. In that depth of experience we continue to invite people to dance with us into a brighter future.