A group of dedicated Pender Islanders, led by Jane McIntosh, have created a schedule of events to create awareness of our 1st Nations brothers and sisters and show our appreciation for the native cultures that our ancestors tried so hard to extinguish. History records the injustices that have taken place, especially in the residential schools and bringing them to the forefront and examining them is a first step towards healing, not only for the 1st Nations but for all of us as a nation.
Throughout the summer, a series of events will take place, culminating with a talk by Bob Watts, Adjunct Professor and Fellow of the School of Policy Studies, Queens University.
Schedule of events:
Inter-Nation-al Film and Speaker Series- All evenings will be held at the Pender Islands Community Hall from 7:00 – 9:30 pm. Enjoy inspiring films and speakers followed by complimentary refreshments and a community dialogue led by Penders’ Restorative Justice Group. A voluntary donation will be taken each evening to assist the Aboriginal Neighbour’s Survivors’ Fund which supports Survivor’s attendance at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Vancouver, September 2013.
1st Session: Wednesday July 10th
Topic: The Indian Residential School Experience in Canada- What was it like?
Film: ‘Muffins for Granny’– produced by Ojibway filmmaker Nadia McLaren. This award winning film is the winner of Best Documentary, Winnipeg Aboriginal Film and Video Festival.
2nd Session: Wednesday July 24th
Topic: Truth and Reconciliation – The Way to Address National Historic Wrongs
Three Pender residents will make up the panel: Kogila Moodley and Heribert Adams (Sociologists and Co-Authors of several publications including ‘Seeking Mandela; Peacemaking between Israelis and Palestinians’), and Jane Morley QC (former Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.)
3rd Session: Wednesday August 7th
Topic: First Nations History of the Gulf Islands, In the Changing Landscape of the Last 22,000 years
Speaker: Grant Keddie, Curator of Archeology for the British Columbia Museum.
4th Session: Wednesday August 28th
Topic: The Effect of the Indian Residential School System on Individuals and Communities-How One Community Responded
Film: Honour of All- The Story of Alkali Lake- produced by Phil Lacos and the Chief Dan George Foundation. Speaker Lorne Underwood MSW
Grand Week of Events- September 11th , 13th , 14th and 15th
Penders’ Leaders’ Dialogue Circle: Wednesday September 11th
Friday September 13th 7:00- 9:30 pm Pender Islands Community Hall
Topic: Rights in a History of Wrongs
Key Note Speaker: Bob Watts – Adjunct Professor and Fellow of the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University, formerly Executive Director of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and CEO of the Assembly of First Nations, of Mohawk and Ojibway ancestry and a member of the Six Nations Reserve.