Students, staff, faculty, and members of the community who cannot attend the events in Edmonton but still wish to take part in the process are invited to gather in the Augustana Campus Chapel on Friday, March 28, 2014 to watch a live stream of the event and participate in a teach-in.
Beginning at 8:30 am with opening words from Dean Allen Berger, the day will feature a broadcast of the talking circles, sharing panels and reflections, with breaks from these events for faculty from the Augustana Campus to provide information and ideas that will help us understand the history and legacy of Residential Schools.
In the morning, Dr. Jeremy Mouat will open the day by tying the Residential Schools to the foundation of Canada. Later on, a chapel service will address spiritual aspects of reconciliation and, midway through the morning’s sharing panel, Dr. Jérôme Melançon will present how the concepts of assimilation and paternalism can help us understand past and current relationships between the state and Aboriginal peoples in Canada. At 12:30 pm, soup and bannock will be served for lunch to those who will have registered.
After the live broadcast resumes and we are presented with more stories and narratives, Dr. Roxanne Harde will address representations of Aboriginal persons and conflict in Native American fiction. After the sharing panel concludes, David Goa will address the theme of how we can remember histories like that of the Residential Schools, so as to remember well, without creating the adverse effects tied to victimization. Discussion will follow, until the last part of the live stream begins at 4:00 pm with expressions of reconciliation and reflections from honorary witnesses.
We hope many will gather to hear the testimonies that will be shared with the Commissioners and with all Canadians, but also to better understand how reconciliation might be possible on the basis of the transformative experience of hearing these personal stories.
Everyone is welcome to attend the events from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm and to come as your schedule permits. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 780-679-1626 if you plan on sharing the lunch.
For more information about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the Alberta National Event please visit www.trc.ca.