Brenda Suderman has been a columnist in the Saturday paper since 2000, first writing about family entertainment, and about faith and religion since 2006.
After graduating from Carleton University’s journalism program in 1988, she worked for newspapers in Fort Smith, NWT, Portage la Prairie, MB, and Saskatoon, SK, as well as freelancing for various publications.
She headed back to school part-time two decades later to support her work on the faith page, graduating with a master’s degree in theology from the University of Winnipeg in 2013.
That same year, the Islamic Social Services Association honoured her with the Ihsan Award for her bridge-building efforts among religious communities.
Brenda is the proud mother of two adult children and roams the country each summer in a 1985 VW camper van with her partner Bert.
Raised on a farm near Winkler, Man., she’s a long-time Winnipegger intent on creating community through front-yard gardening and distributing books through her Little Free Library.
Recent articles of Brenda Suderman
Whether worshipping online or in person, each Sunday the people of a southwest Winnipeg congregation hear a statement indicating their building is situated at not only a street address, but also on traditional territories of Indigenous peoples.
“We wish to acknowledge that Charleswood United Church is on Treaty One land, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, and Dene people and the homeland of the Metis Nation. Our community is committed to a future of right relations and reconciliation,” reads the statement written by Rev. Michael Wilson.
Known as a land acknowledgement, this type of statement arrives is often spoken at the start of professional sports games, concerts, worship services and other public events.
Yet these public statements need to move beyond a one-breath recitation of Indigenous people who called the land their home before the arrival of European settlers to include an understanding of context and history, says an organizer of a free online worship on developing and renewing land acknowledgements.