Decolonising Land and Soul: a Quaker Testimony
In the 2015 SPG lecture the Scottish Quaker, Alastair McIntosh, shared unique experience that spans the Maritime provinces of Canada, Scotland and France.
In 1991 Alastair engaged in a campaign to prevent the biggest roadstone quarry in the world from being located in Scotland’s scenic Outer Hebrides. He drew in crucial support from the Mi’Kmaq First Nations on Cape Breton Island and afterwards, until 2013, he served unpaid on the Sustainability Stakeholder Panel of the Paris-based Lafarge, the company that ethically withdrew its quarry proposal.
In 2005 Alastair also travelled to Digby Neck on the Bay of Fundy to help with a similarly successful campaign against a superquarry proposed by Clayton Concrete of New Jersey. Alastair’s sharing of this experience will explore imperatives of Quaker witness for today. He will touch on spiritual experience and the Cross as the supreme symbol of nonviolence in our times. His books include Soil and Soul and, jointly with colleagues in Native Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, Radical Human Ecology**. He holds a visiting professorship at Glasgow University, a divinity fellowship at Edinburgh, and has twice previously lectured at the University of Prince Edward Island on land reform and liberation theology.