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Engaging with the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Report (Zoom)

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Engaging with the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Report (Zoom)
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To date, 1000+ unmarked graves have been discovered (some recently) at residential school sites across what’s called Canada. Understanding that the horrific legacy of the residential school system extends across Turtle Island (aka North America, with 357 boarding schools in what’s called the United States), we will begin to engage with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report of Canada.

“The TRC of Canada provided those directly or indirectly affected by the legacy of the Indian Residential Schools system with an opportunity to share their stories and experiences.” (https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1450124405592/1529106060525)

The Knapsack Group Culture includes “take space, make space and share space in your life, community, and conversations.” This TRC Report is long and worthy of our time. So we are making the space for it. Join us to share in learning from this Report. We will watch a part of the video project organized by Indigenous scholars, including Zoe Todd, who reads the first eight pages, take turns reading some of the report ourselves, discuss how this relates to us in the U.S., and plan our next steps.

During this session, we will be reading testimonials from “The Survivors Speak” section of the TRC Report. These stories describe graphic physical, sexual, and psychological abuse. We want you to take care of yourself. If you need to take a break, you can go off video/mute sound, and/or leave the meeting (please feel welcome to rejoin us if you feel able, using the same Zoom link to reenter).

Resources:

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Final Report in 2015:
http://www.trc.ca/about-us/trc-findings.html

Native American Boarding Schools: Some Basic Facts and Statistics:
https://www.samanthamwilliams.com/blog/native-american-boarding-schools-some-basic-facts-and-statistics
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Truth, Reconciliation, and Reading: How to read the TRC and what to read next:
https://reading-in-bed.com/2015/11/27/truth-reconciliation-and-reading-how-to-read-the-trc-and-what-to-read-next/

Link above includes the video we will watch a part of:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW4lQfOfl3I&list=PLxPr_RIsvg9JJWoiRx2kl2v24r_pu7JbR&ab_channel=ztoddcanadian

and includes:
Why Non-Indigenous Canadians Need to Share the Burden and Historical Legacies of the Residential School System:
https://49thshelf.com/Blog/2015/09/30/Why-Non-Indigenous-Canadians-Need-to-Share-the-Burden-and-Historical-Legacies-of-the-Residential-School-System

Calls to action:
http://www.trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf

All are welcome.
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We value the time, effort, and experience that Facilitators of Color (FOC) bring to our discussions. We will "pass the hat" to raise funds to compensate FOC who are poor/working class Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). See more and links to contribute here: https://www.meetup.com/Antiracists/messages/boards/thread/53218283/#132996327

Our always evolving Group Culture (the longest version...we use a shorter version in meetings). It helps to create a safer and braver space for conversations. It is always evolving: https://www.meetup.com/Antiracists/messages/boards/thread/52930676/0/#132694589

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