How can we begin here in Sooke to revitalize and heal relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians?
Reconciliation, the restoration and healing of a relationship, is the goal of an informal group that formed last month. It is a local response to the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action to redress the legacy of Residential Schools based on principles of mutual recognition, mutual respect, and shared responsibility for maintaining those relationships
Monique Gray Smith introduced her book, Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation at the group’s initial meeting in November which attracted 50 people from diverse backgrounds.
On Tuesday, Dec 12th from noon to 2:00 pm the Reconciliation group will gather at the T’Sou-ke Nation’s Lazzar Building (formerly St Rose of Lima Church, first left on Lazzar Rd). Discussion will focus on the first chapter of Speaking Our Truth, which is about embarking on our journey of reconciliation. Why do we need this journey? What do we need to pack? What teachings can support harmony on our reconciliation journey and in our lives as a community?
The first chapter is available electronically, through the generosity of the author. To receive it and information about how to get a copy of the book, or to be added to our contact list, please email Margaret Critchlow.
All are welcome. Admission is free, with the opportunity to make a donation to support future sessions. Bring your bag lunch, your curiosity, your questions and an open heart. Please email Linda Bristol or Edith Newman if you want to more information.