Mary McEwen, Convenor
The Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada released its report, sub-titled ‘Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future’, over three years ago. The Commission’s recommendations are aimed at providing guidance for reconciliation for the Governments and all the people of Canada. The recommendations are summarized in 94 ‘Calls to Action’ which are divided into two sections: those dealing with the Legacy of the Residential Schools and those dealing with Reconciliation with the Indigenous people.
In the CFUW Guelph Study Group, we have been learning about the historical discrimination and dispossession faced by Indigenous Peoples, and about the diverse and rich culture of First Nations, Metis and Inuit Peoples. As well, we are learning about concrete actions to show support, appreciation and solidarity.
Over the winter of 2019 we met bi-weekly and used the TRC Report Summary and many other resources such as novels and reports from Indigenous authors and historians, documentaries from Indigenous groups and performances by Indigenous actors, musicians and dancers, as well as our own experiences, in our Group’s learning process.