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TRU event considers face of reconciliation

January 6, 2016 4:49 P.M.

Kamloops United Church and the Aboriginal education department at TRU offer a community presentation and discussion with award-winning author Richard Wagamese later this month.

The Face of Reconciliation, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, starting at 7 p.m., will consider what reconciliation will look like now that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has completed its five-year mandate and tabled its final report on issues arising from and pertaining to Canada's legacy of residential schools.

"True reconciliation has to happen between Canadians themselves,” said Wagamese, a Kamloops author and journalist who hails from the Ojibway Wabasseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario. “This is the work of all of us. It's neighbour-to-neighbour conversation about the things that have separated us and the things that can bring us together. Because residential schools not only left indelible scars on the survivors, they left the same scars on Canada.”

The presentation will centre around a common spiritual-mindedness as the foundation for national healing. Organizers will also present details of a weekly reconciliation/sharing circle hosted by the church

The Face of Reconciliation takes place in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. It’s free with donations accepted at the door for Kamloops' Four Directions School.

Anyone wishing to attend can register in advance through the Kamloops United Church website at,

Dawn Koch says:
January 7, 2016 03:16am

Thank you for spearheading this initiative. With a maternal grandmother who is/was First Nations from Lytton, I have found much diversity in our understanding of Land Treaties and Residential School History. It does my heart glad and I know my spirit grandmother's also. All my relations. Blessings and be the blessing.


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