Atwater Reads the TRC

This is an important notice  sent  from Lynn Verge, Executive Director of the Atwater Library and Computer Centre.

In the spirit of nationwide reconciliation, the Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Avenue,  is hosting Atwater Reads the TRC, a guided community reading of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, to help build meaningful and open relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the Montreal region.

The co-facilitators of the reading series are Mi’kmaq poet and critic Shannon Webb-Campbell and settler scholar Dr. Sarah Henzi (Université de Montréal).

Funding is from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th (a collaboration between Fondation du Grand Montréal and the Government of Canada) and the Cole Foundation.

Invitation to participate:

Project coordinator Shannon Webb-Campbell invites Montreal-area Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents to register for the following events by emailing shannon@atwaterlibrary.ca. Pre reigistration is necessary since space is limited.

On Thursday, August 31 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. the Atwater Library will host a screening of the National Film Board films by Indigenous filmmakers, with discussion, in the Library’s auditorium. The screening is open to the public.

Starting Thursday evening, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. discussion sessions will be held every second Thursday through to January 23, 2018. The two hour sessions are limited to 25 registrants. The October 12 discussion will run for three hours and will include the Blanket Exercise. A closing event will be held on January 30, 2018.

Childcare will be availabale for the evening sessions. At this point the library’s meeting rooms are not wheel chair or mobility challenged accessible. Childcare will be available for the evening sessions.

Shannon and Sarah will facilitate group conversations based on readings, section by section, of the summary volume of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. This 2015 report contains 94 Calls to Action to address the legacy of Canada’s residential school system. The Library will provide a copy of the summary volume to each registrant.

Through Atwater Reads The TRC, settler and Indigenous people will have the opportunity to form relationships and together witness and discuss the powerful testimonies of some of the 30,000 Indigenous survivors who were forced as children into institutions that stripped them of their cultures, forbade them to speak their languages, and kept them in inadequate housing. They were poorly nourished, forced to work instead of learn, and often subjected to physical, emotional, psychological and sexual abuse.

To register, or for media inquires, please contact project coordinator Shannon Webb-Campbell at shannon@atwaterlibrary.ca.

For more information phone 514.935.7344.

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