Date(s) - June 20, 2016
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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In advance of National Aboriginal Day (June 21st, 2016), the TWU Aboriginal Partnership Council and the MA Counselling Phsychology program would like to invite you to an afternoon of learning and discussion focused on the release of the Truth & Reconciliation Summary Report. We’re especially excited as we will be meeting in the Kwantlen First Nation Cultural Centre Long House!
When: Monday, June 20th from 1:00-4:30 pm
Where: 23684 Gabriel Lane, Fort Langley, BC V1M 2S4
Please RSVP to Jayne Cummins at Jayne.firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
The TRC Reading Challenge:
The TRC summary report was released in June 2015. It’s just under 380 pages long and documents the history and legacy of Canada’s residential school system, which the report says is “best described as ‘cultural genocide'”. The report also includes 94 calls to action with the aim of repairing the harm of residential schools while also moving forward with reconciliation.
Jennifer Manuel, from Duncan, B.C., launched an online campaign, the TRC Reading Challenge, to have people pledge to read or begin reading the novel-length report by National Aboriginal Day on June 21st.
There are three underlying principles behind the TRC Challenge and they feature prominently on the challenge website:
1. You care genuinely about the relationship between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people in Canada.
2. You believe that improving this relationship requires meaningful, respectful, mutual dialogue, and that you cannot contribute to this dialogue unless you have first listened to the truths expressed by First Nations people.
3. You prefer to read the TRC Report yourself, rather than letting others interpret it for you, especially since they may not have actually read it themselves.