Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada, SFU, January 23, 2014
Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada was convened by Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue as part of the events associated with the 2014 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue. The full-day dialogue took place on January 23, 2014 at SFU Harbour Centre in Downtown Vancouver. Attendees included community leaders involved in the reconciliation of specific injustices, government officials, decision-makers from major institutions and members of the public. Participants worked together throughout the day to define potential meanings for reconciliation, share approaches that might be of interest to affected communities and collectively identify solutions for common challenges that occur during reconciliation efforts. The event proved incredibly popular and reached capacity in advance of the day. Reconciliation Canada was proud to host the day with the Centre for Dialogue, and the team enjoyed listening and learning from the stories and experiences shared.
Volunteer Opportunity – Gathering Our Voices Conference, March 18-21
From March 18th through 21st, the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres will host the Gathering Our Voices (GOV) conference in Vancouver, B.C. Young people from all across Canada are invited to join the BC n a celebration of Aboriginal culture, values, arts, beliefs, and most importantly, passion. Reconciliation Canada is delighted to be co-hosting a workshop with the City of Vancouver as part of the conference. GOV is looking for volunteers to help with the running of the conference from March 18-21 in the Hyatt Regency and Fairmont hotels in Vancouver. Shifts are generally four hours in length and there are time slots throughout the day to help fit everyone’s schedules (7:00am - 10:30pm).
If you are interested in volunteering with GOV, please take a few moments and complete our full registration form. If you have any questions, please contact Julie Robertson at 1-800-990-2432 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that this is not a Reconciliation Canada volunteer opportunity.
On January 15, Chief Dr. Robert Joseph was presented with the Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue from Simon Fraser University, in honour of his achievements and demonstrated excellence in using dialogue to further the understanding of reconciliation and the impacts of Indian Residential Schools. Beginning with a beautiful song performed by his family members, the ceremony took place at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue. This award commemorates the rising national movement towards reconciliation and the revitalization of relationships between Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians.
Click here to view Chief Joseph's tribute video
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Through My Eyes
By: Anja, Youth Dialogue Workshop Participant
On a rainy weekend in January, a group of young adults came together to attend the Through Our Eyes Reconciliation Dialogue Workshop on January 11 & 12, 2014. Most of us had no idea what to expect as we didn’t fully understand the meaning of reconciliation, how it affects us and what role (if any) can we play in it. However, we soon realized that reconciliation begins with opening your hearts and minds to compassion, love and caring for others. As we listened to the stories of abuse within Indian Residential Schools and its impact on the intergenerational survivors, the difficulties we all experienced in our daily lives, and the spiritual journeys that some of us embarked on to improve our lives and the lives of our loved ones, it became clear that deep down, our struggles strengthen us and push us to be the best version of ourselves. We learned that reconciliation is a two-level, continuous struggle. First, reconciliation occurs within ourselves as we seek a comfortable zone between the societal expectations and our own dreams and perception of the role we play in society. And second, reconciliation must occur between the distinct communities that we are members of. Often, it is difficult to form strong connections between communities due to group’s inward-focused attitude, lack of knowledge and adopted stereotypical misconceptions of other cultural groups. This workshop was a great venue to address these topics and it left us with a sense of excitement and empowerment, new friends, and eagerness to put reconciliation in action.
Next Event: Film and Video Workshop + Video Contest – Feb. 22, 2014. Find out more here.
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Help us move our initiatives forward by making a donation. Reconciliation Canada is a charitable project, established as a collaboration between the Indian Residential School Survivor’s Society (IRSSS) and Tides Canada Initiatives Society (TCI). Your donations will help us move forward with our 2014 community initiatives, such as Dialogue Workshops and national outreach activities, and achieve our vision of A New Way Forward for all Canadians.