St. Peter Quamichan is offering a free reconciliation workshop designed to build bridges in the wake of the suffering caused by the abuse suffered by First Nations children at residential schools.
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. A step in that direction is being taken Saturday, Nov. 7 with an all-day workshop on Cross Cultural Connections: Building Bridges.
This workshop is for all people. Youths from 11 years old and up are encouraged to attend along with educators, business leaders, and anyone working with First Nations.
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.
Pre-register prior to Nov. 1 as space is limited and a light lunch is included. For more information contact the church office at 250-746-6262 or visit stpeter-duncan.ca/