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EventsOTTAWA: The Covenant Chain Link VI: Walking Together, The Reconciliation Journey

Friday, October 16, 2015 EDT @ 6:30 pm - Saturday, October 17, 2015 EDT @ 5:00 pm

Keynote: Bob Watts, Previous Interim Executive Director of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Storytelling by Waubgeshig Rice, author and journalist from Wasauksing First Nation

Presentations by:
* Tony Belcourt, former President of the Métis Nation of Ontario
* Ashley Wright, co-creator of Garnet’s Journey, a project exploring the life of Garnet Angeconeb
* And many more!

Friday, October 16 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 17 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

St. Paul’s University, 223 Main St, Ottawa

Before October 7, 2015 – only $40 (regular fee – $50)
*Discount for students and non-wage earners available
*Includes entry for each day, lunch on Saturday


Inuit Experiences in Residential Schools

Peter Irniq will speak about an Inuit Experience of Residential ‎School beginning with ‎Turquetil Hall/Sir Joseph Bernier Residential ‎School, run by the Roman Catholic Church. He ‎will describe the loss ‎of culture, language, Inuit Spirituality and ‎parenting skills. Peter will also explain why ‎‎“Talking about Pain is ‎Healing,” and how Canadians have a right, ‎duty, and responsibility to know what ‎happened in regard to residential schools and their legacy. He will ‎also share comments on truth, reconciliation and ‎moving ‎forward. This is not only an Indigenous history, it is also ‎Canadian history.‎

The Métis Education Kit

This workshop will explore Métis culture and history through the ‎Métis Education Kit, produced by the ‎Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO). M‎NO Education Kits are an excellent resource ‎for ‎students, teachers, educators and community members, and suitable for use ‎in and out of the classroom. Each ‎kit contains a variety of items ‎including a sash, flashcards, fiddle music and a timeline of Métis ‎history in ‎Ontario. This is an exciting and inviting ‎introduction to Métis history, culture and heritage. ‎

Garnet’s Journey

This workshop will introduce you to the website www.garnetsjourney.com – a ‎digital oral history that tells the life story of Garnet Angeconeb in his own words. Garnet is an ‎Anishinaabe from Lac Seul First Nation, and a survivor of residential school. In about 30 short videos ‎‎(and one 21-minute documentary) Garnet tells stories from his life – from the trap line, to residential ‎school, to the healing journey he’s on today. Although Garnet can’t be at the event in person (and, ‎just as many Canadians will never meet a residential school survivor), the website makes his ‎experience accessible to anyone with internet access. It’s an effective and affordable educational tool ‎for all educators, and relevant to all ages. This workshop will include a screening of the main ‎documentary, as well as a discussion about the significance of first person, eyewitness accounts (i.e. ‎oral history) in education. ‎

Justice for Indigenous Women Jewelry-Making Workshop: A Fund-raiser!

More than 70,000 people have participated in Project of Heart (POH) across Canada, ‎honouring the ‎stolen lives of the children at the Indian Residential Schools (IRS) by ‎decorating small wooden tiles. ‎Learn how this directly relates to the stolen lives of ‎Indigenous children, women, and men today. ‎Make your own gesture of reconciliation, ‎and create your POH “Witness Piece”. Participation ‎in this workshop will enable you to make a contribution to the J4IW initiative and empower you to do ‎this ‎social justice action in your own faith or education community.‎

For $20.00 you can participate in making J4IW jewelry. This price covers the cost of the materials needed ‎to make the ‎jewelry. What is left over will be used to support justice initiatives for First ‎Nation, Métis, and Inuit ‎women and girls in Canada. You will be able to keep your ‎Witness Piece! Men are welcome and encouraged to attend.‎

Living Out the TRC Calls to Action

In this interactive workshop, participants will have a chance to learn and discuss how ‎they ‎can work at implementing in their own lives the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 94 Calls to Action. Participants will hear ideas from across the country, become familiar with ‎the ‎recommendations addressed to different sectors of Canadian society, and explore ‎how ‎they can live out the Calls to Action in their various roles within a religious community, the ‎education ‎sector, and the public or private sectors. ‎

For more information, contact:

Sara Anderson
KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives

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