Providence alumnus and difference-maker Jim Thunder (2009), in a spoken word poem to his younger self, shares six ideas “to leave behind in order to decolonize your mind.” Thunder, striving for reconciliation in Canada as a Business and Economic Development Officer at the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, seeks to disrupt colonized thinking in order to “see a reconciled world, not as it is, but as it should be.”
Thunder shares of his time at Providence, “Providence gave me a foundation for understanding theology and church history that I was able to take into my MBA. Pairing these two related, but different, disciplines gave me a deeper understanding of our colonial history and how it impacts First Nations peoples across the nation. My heart is to use this understanding to help explain the potential of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action, to enhance the capacity of our First Nations leaders, and to introduce the church to its role in reconciliation.”
For more information on Jim Thunder and his ministry, visit the Reconciliation Thunder Facebook Page.