While the program was intended for children, I lurked in the back to see what kinds of issues were going to be discussed. The kids were actually quite informed about the history of residential schools – I suspect that they knew way more than their parents.
Vancouver’s Year of Reconciliation acknowledges the residential school experience and its impact on Aboriginal communities, and supports reconciliation for all people. The tiles created in this series of August workshops will be shared at the Walk for Reconciliation on September 22, 2013 in Vancouver.
If you are an adult who is wanting to learn more about movements towards reconciliation and healing, especially if you have questions and issues like “I wasn’t even born when this happened! My ancestors were colonized, too. I feel bad, but don’t know how to help,” a couple of resources that I like are Cultivating Canada: Reconciliation through the Lens of Cultural Diversity from the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and Unsettling Ourselves: Reflections and Resources for Deconstructing Colonial Mentality, a sourcebook compiled by Unsettling Minnesota. (Both are available for free download)