The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is an independent commission established as a result of the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Its mandate is to inform all Canadians about what happened in the 150-year history of the residential schools, and to guide and inspire a process of reconciliation and renewed relationships based on mutual understanding and respect. As a part of the Cowichan Valley and as a part of the broader Anglican Church of Canada, St. Peter, Quamichan acknowledges that they were complicit with the Government of Canada and other church bodies in the genocide that happened towards Canada’s First Nations People through the development and support of the Residential School System. The people of St. Peter, Quamichan acknowledge that they now have a responsibility to educate themselves and others on the impact that Residential Schools had on their First Nations neighbours.
To state their commitment to continued efforts towards reconciliation they are hosting an all day workshop on “Cross Cultural Connections: Building Bridges” on Saturday November 7, 2015.
This workshop is for all people, youth from 11 years old and up are encouraged to attend: those who are active, engaged, and committed to building healthy relationships, embracing diversity and working together to build community. Educators, business leaders, anyone working with our First Nations brothers and sisters, all members of our community as neighbours of our First Nations will benefit from this workshop.
The facilitator of this workshop is Kathi Camilleri who is supported and guided in her work by Cowichan Elders – Dorothy Jack, Linda Modeste, Ron George, Lucy Thomas, and Rob George. As well Michelle Staples a local facilitator of social justice and community development projects is involved. Cowichan Tribes Dancers and Drummers will also be attending parts of this
Be part of the journey of Healing & Reconciliation by pre-registering prior to November 1, 2015 as space is limited and a light lunch is included. For more information please contact the church office at 250-746-6262 or visit our website: http://stpeter-duncan.ca/ – under News & Events