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Truth and Reconciliation brings communities together
by Carolyn Day

August 9, 2016
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In December 15, 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its Final report along with a list of 94 Calls to Action. In presenting the report and the recommendations, Justice Sinclair very clearly stated that if true reconciliation was possible if we as a country really wanted it to work - it would take a commitment by every Canadian.

Since January, a growing group of community members from Saugeen Shores, under the leadership of Laura Robinson, has met on a regular basis with community members from Saugeen and Cape Croker First Nations over a 'pot-luck' meal. The intent is to get to know one another better and to learn more about our shared history. The meals have been hosted around the region in churches at Saugeen, Cape Croker and Saugeen Shores.

The food is always plentiful as are the stories, the tears and the laughter. These gatherings have been fortunate over the year to hear Chief Vernon Roote of Saugeen and Chief Greg Najiwon of Cape Croker, as well as Elders, Residential School survivors and community leaders from both communities. They have spoken about their lives, their vision and their hopes for the future.

Chief Lester Anaquot talks with Carolyn Day

The eighth and latest dinner was held Saturday, July 31st under the tent at Southampton United church and approximately30 gathered to enjoy the meal and to listen to a talk by newly elected Chief Lester Anaquot, of Saugeen First Nation.

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There are two upcoming TRC events scheduled for August and both events will be hosted by the Tobermory TRC Committee.

On August 17, the film 'Trick or Treaty' will be shown at the National Park Visitors' Centre in Tobermory starting at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring a picnic dinner and there will be picnic tables set aside for the meal near the Centre. You may come as early as you want, but be sure to be there in time for the usual lively conversations around the table - and for the 7:00 pm screening of the film.

On Wednesday, August 24th, there will be a talk on Aboriginal Peoples and the "Justice" system. It will be held at the Salvation Army head office in Wiarton from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Following the talk, everyone is invited to an early 'pot-luck' dinner picnic at Bluewater Park.  


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