Truth and reconciliation explored

Splatsin First Nation and Shuswap Inclusion Project host forum in Enderby on Indian residential schools

A painful chapter in Canadian history will be the focus of an Enderby forum.

The Splatsin First Nation and the Shuswap Inclusion Project will discuss the issue of Indian residential schools and the interim recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Wednesday at 7 p.m. at A.L. Fortune Secondary School.

“Splatsin band councillor Daniel Joe will speak concerning the residential school experience and its impact on survivors and the First Nations community,” said Bernie Desrosiers, with the Shuswap Inclusion Project.

“Prior to his election to council, Daniel worked for the Indian Residential School Survivors’ Society as a resolution health support worker.”

Dan MacQuarrie, a retired United Church minister, will speak to the question of the culpability of church and state in the pain and suffering created by residential schools and the role of compensation, apology and forgiveness in the healing process of survivors.

Jody Leon, of the Splatsin community, will present the major recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission interim report.

The panelists will be preceded by the short documentary, Against the Grain: The Legacy of the Indian Residential Schools Experience. There will also be an opportunity for audience questions and feedback.

Desrosiers hopes the public will attend the forum.

“In order to imagine what it might be like to walk a mile in the moccasins of an aboriginal, we must first understand the terrain across which they have been required to walk,” he said.

 

The Shuswap Inclusion Project seeks to build capacity within the community to be more inclusive of everyone regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, age, and physical or mental ability.