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Westwood Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Resources

Westwood Unitarian is committed to learning, growing & engaging in relationship with our Indigenous neighbours. The Canadian Truth & Reconciliation Commission final report is now available – and we are working to understand what it means for us, as people of good will.

– Check out the posts below for upcoming events and reflections related to truth, healing and reconciliation –

What can we do?

  • Learn: some resources and opportunities are listed below
  • Listen: with an open heart and an open mind
  • Show up when invited: check out the posts below for upcoming events
  • Engage in some or all of these 150 Acts of Reconciliation

What is Reconciliation and What It is Not: A blog post by Indigenous Corporate Training Inc., including a link to a personal Pledge of Reconciliation

Westwood Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report Reading Group 

This group met in 2017 to read the Summary Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and share our reflections together. Participants were asked to commit to attending all four sessions and completing the reading, which was about 100 pages each month.  If interested in future groups or other reconciliation related activities contact: Reconciliation@westwoodunitarian.ca

In early 2016, Westwood was a test congregation for The Canadian Unitarian Council’s Truth, Healing & Reconciliation Reflection Guide
We met for 4 workshops focusing on:

  • Engaging and Locating Ourselves
  • Understanding
  • Connection
  • Healing & Reconciliation

Resources we have used &/or learned about: places to start

TRC:  The Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada 

There you will find .pdf files of the reports & recommendations of the Commission. Hard cover & digital copies are also available at the library.

Consider signing up for the TRC Reading Challenge. It is so important that as many people as possible actually read these documents.

UNDRIP:  The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

RISE Book Club: the Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton book club, a group of people who read and discuss books on the topic of reconciliation.

 “We Were Children”(1hr 22min)

“In this feature film, the profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system is conveyed through the eyes of two children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. As young children, Lyna and Glen were taken from their homes and placed in church-run boarding schools, where they suffered years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, the effects of which persist in their adult lives. We Were Children gives voice to a national tragedy and demonstrates the incredible resilience of the human spirit.”

You can borrow the film from the Edmonton Public Library or you can rent the film from the NFB website.(Very low cost)

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North Americaby Thomas King © 2013. Published by Doubleday Canada.

Available at the Edmonton Public Library.

Thomas King’s video I’m Not the Indian You Had in Mind (5:28),  National Screen Institute’s website – no charge:

A video exploration offering insight as to how First Nations people today are changing old ideas and empowering themselves in the greater community

~ A great ‘quick study’ in stereotypes ~

CBC’s 8th Fire

Hosted by Wab Kinew, CBC’s “8TH FIRE is a provocative, high-energy journey through Aboriginal country showing you why we need to fix Canada’s 500 year-old relationship with Indigenous peoples; a relationship mired in colonialism, conflict and denial.”

Watch all 4 episodes free on-line.

#1 Indigenous in the City

#2: It’s Time!

#3: Who’s Land Is It Anyway?

#4: At A Crossroads

Reconciliation Canada Resources:

+ 3 Videos on YouTube:

Part 1: Culture and Ancestry (6:35 minutes)

“In this interview, Chief Joseph discusses his childhood memories of Kwakwaka’wakw culture and explains why understanding the context of culture and ancestry is critical in the present day.”[1] (Pronunciation:  Kwak-wak-ya-wak)

Part 2: Residential School (3:15 minutes)

In the next video:  Chief Robert Joseph describes his experience at St. Michael’s Indian Residential School and how the trauma of the residential school system affected him as a young man.

The Language of Reconciliation Video (4:11 minutes)

Here’s the context for this video:

“A Shared Tomorrow:

We are Elders from Aboriginal and other ancient histories who care about Canadians and answered a call to action in November 2012. For two days, we gathered on the traditional territories of the Musqueam People to explore how Reconciliation, as a way of being, can help our society move forward. To that end we have made a video to explain who we are and invite you to join us on this path.”

Bob Joseph’s website “Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.” & blog “Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples®”

http://www.ictinc.ca/first-nation-protocol-thanking-host-first-nation

This website & blog contain a wealth of free and helpful information – as well as registration information for corporate training programs. Worth a look for everyone.

You can also find ordering information for Bob Joseph’s book here.

CBC Radio Documentary: Highway of Tears

NFB Film Archive:

  200+ Films by Indigenous Directors Now Free to View Online: A New Archive Launched by the National Film Board of Canada

Canadian Unitarian Council & the Unitarian Universalist Ministers of Canada:  An Expression of Truth and Reconciliation  

Delivered to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission – March 29, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta.

 

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