The Canadian Bible Society would like to recognize the accomplishment of the Rev. Dr. Stan Cuthand upon his acceptance of the Lifetime Achievement Award, received on March 6, 2009 in Winnipeg, Manitoba where the Aboriginal community recognized 14 exceptional achievers at the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards.
"As Cuthand, whose proudest achievement is translating the Bible into Plains Cree, accepted his award, he was met with an exuberant standing ovation." This quote, from the Winnipeg Free Press, (March 11, 2009) profiles why the Canadian Bible Society is so proud of its long association with this giant in the Cree community. It would be fair to say that the Rev. Dr. Stan Cuthand is a legend in his time.
A new Bible which connects Scriptures with some of the biggest issues of our day has been launched in Canada by the Canadian Bible Society (CBS).
The Poverty & Justice Bible is the first ever to highlight more than 2,000 passages that speak of attitudes toward poverty and injustice. Challenging the notion that the Bible is a dusty, outdated rulebook, it shows that - on global issues that confront us now - the Bible got there first.
Bible Societies around the world realize that poverty and injustice are two of the biggest issues of our day - challenging the minds of politicians and social activists around the world. The imbalance of global wealth, famine, water shortages, exploitation and corruption are all issues that evoke outrage and demand attention. But The Poverty & Justice Bible shows that, in speaking out on these issues, God got there first.
Happy Valley Goose Bay, Labrador - Last week the Inuttut Heritage Bible was presented to the Moravian Church in Labrador. This new edition of the Bible in the Inuit language has been made available, more than 200 years after the translation was first begun.
The Moravians began their work in Labrador in 1771. Among the tasks undertaken by the early missionaries was the translation of portions of the Bible into the native language. It was a slow process, beginning with collections of verses, and then the Gospel of John, followed by Luke. Fifty years after the establishment of the settlement, in 1821, the British and Foreign Bible Society published the entire New Testament. From there followed a gradual translation and publication of the books of the Old Testament. In the end there were 7 separate volumes, but never a complete text under one cover.
The New Testament was reissued in 1952, but because of errors and different word usage from the vocabulary of two centuries ago, new work was needed to make a complete collection.