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First Nations, The Holocaust, and Repentance

Updated: Jul 19, 2019

First Nations Chiefs and Elders from many tribes came to Israel in 1999 and they were the first to speak words of repentance and healing at the Knesset and then at the Kotel in regard to a tragedy that that took place in 1939. Grand Chief Lynda Prince, Chief Will Mayo. Deputy Grand Chief Kenny Blacksmith, Suuqiina & Quaminiq, Jonathan Maracle, Richard and Kimberly Nunez- Michelle Clark and many others were witnesses to history in the making. The First Nations delegation felt led by The Creator to repent to the Jewish people because Turtle Island is our homeland and we still carry the original spiritual authority over our ancestral lands. The repentance was in regard to the rejection of a ship called the St. Louise whose fateful journey would be known as the "Voyage of the Damned"

The St. Louise set sail from Hamburg, Germany to Cuba on May 13, 1939. In Cuba they were denied entry and then later, within sight of the city lights of southern Florida, the ship was refused entry and was turned around. There were over 900 Jews trying to escape the death camps on this ship and although some were able to escape into other countries many died in the concentration camps. Being denied refuge in the Caribbean and then the United States their lives and future had been decided for them.

“Thou shall not be a victim, thou shall not be a perpetrator, but above all, though shall not be a bystander" Professor Yehuda Bauer

Healing must begin instead of holding on to wrongs of the past and it comes through with compassionate words from a heart filled with good medicine. The First Nations have also survived a holocaust which took a similar amount of lives as the Jewish people. Although these are things that happened in the past the effect of the holocaust doesn't end with the generation of survivors.

The trauma effects how they raised children, the world outlook of Jewish society, the spiritual health of the Nation of Israel and even the genetic code of DNA which is known to transmit trauma from one generation to the next. Through this shared understanding of historical trauma First Nations people can help build a bridge of healing and hope.

2012, three years after the First Nations delegation publicly repented in the State of Israel the the United States Department of State formally apologized in a ceremony attended by Deputy Secretary Bill Burns and 14 survivors of the incident. The survivors presented a proclamation of gratitude to various European countries for accepting some of the ship's passengers. A signed copy of Senate Resolution 111, recognizing June 6, 2009 as the 70th anniversary of the incident, was delivered to the Department of State Archives.


Reconciliation must continue between all nations but on this day all nations stop to remember and to vow that never again will these things happen. We cannot get to that place in our walk unless we have been reconciled with our own hurtful past and then, through reconciliation there comes restoration. We see restoration in the traditional lands of the Jewish people, their sacred sites and places of historical memories that runs throughout their heritage as a hope for indigenous people who have gone through the same losses. Their language, which is thousands of years old, has been fully restored which according to some native traditions this means that they will not lose who they are or their identity.

My wife and I were raised by pastors, continue to serve the nations with 15 years of ministry and we were ordained through two of the elders where part of the First Nations delegation that went to Israel in 1999. We thank you Indigenous Messengers International for your life changing and profound spiritual teachings that have impacted us through the years. All of the indigenous dignitaries who were present in 1999 are Believers in Chief CornerStone Yeshua and were welcome at the Knesset with the words: "Baruch haba b’Shem Adonai". In a continuing stream of healing medicine waters from the First Nations delegation in 1999 to releasing the song "Our Kiss to Israel" on behalf of "Believers" in 2018 the restoration continues. Dr. Laralyn RiverWind wrote this song 10 years ago and The Creator opened every door for releasing this song during a kairos season. Little did we know this song would be released on the anniversary date of the St. Louise setting sale from Germany!


This International Holocaust Remembrance Day let us make every effort to help the survivors to heal from the wounds of their past through your calling to a ministry of reconciliation. Send your kiss to holocaust survivors today. Sign the petition, download the free song and share it with your friends and family. There is no cost except for a few minutes of your time. The number of holocaust survivors still alive are dwindling. Be a part of the healing! Go to the website www.OurKisstoIsrael.com


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