What We've Read
Below you can find the questions we used to guide our discussions and the way we structured our meetings.
What we've read so far:
All 10 volumes of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report
Executive Summary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report
My Decade at Old Sun, My Lifetime of Hell by Arthur Bear Chief
My Decade at Old Sun, My Lifetime of Hell
Reading of TRC Executive Summary
Schedule and Outline for Discussion
Meeting 1: Introductory MeetingGet to know one another—why are we here, what do we want to learn
- Talk about what the expectations are
- Agree to a format for each session
- Answer any questions
- Hand out copies of the book
Meeting 2: TRC History and ContextRead Preface, Introduction, and Commission Activities to Page 35
- What was something you found surprising?
- What is your important take away from this section?
- What is the connection to your work?
Meeting 3: Global Context, Survivor Testimony, and NamingRead History to end of The Road to Closure, 1969 to Page 70
- What is something new you learned about colonization?
- What survivor testimony stood out for you most?
- What historical names stood out for you? How are these people honoured/remembered?
Meeting 4: Student and Staff ExperiencesRead History from The School Experience to Page 133
- What would have been some of the generational effects for Indigenous people?
- What are some of the hopeful/positive experiences?
- What impacts, positive and negative, could staff have on the experience?
Meeting 5: Contemporary Impact, Legal and Moral Burdens for CanadiansRead The Legacy to Page 182
- What are moral obligations Canadians have to address the intergenerational effects?
- What are doing professionally to address these effects?
- What are you doing personally to address these effects?
Meeting 6: UNDRIP and Acts of ReconciliationRead The Challenge of Reconciliation to Page 317
- How will UNDRIP impact Canada/Canadians?
- How will we know when we have reached reconciliation in Canada?
- What is your personal commitment of reconciliation?
When: February 2016 to December 2016, 2nd Wednesday of each month, 6:00-8:00 PM
Where: Kinross Room, Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre (2nd Flr, 10440-108 Ave, Edmonton)
10 February Welcome Circle, Review Plan and Purpose, Get to Know Each Other
9 March Volume 1, Part 1: Beginning to end of The Student as Labourer (≅400 pages)
13 April Volume 1, Part 1: Recreation and Sport to end (≅400 pages)
11 May Volume 1, Part 2: Beginning to end of Diet & Nutrition (≅300 pages)
8 June Volume 1, Part 2: Fire Hazard to end (≅300 pages)
13 July Volume 2: The Inuit and Northern Experience (266 pages)
10 August Volume 3: The Métis Experience (88 pages)
14 September Volume 4: Missing Children and Unmarked Burials (272 pages)
12 October Volume 5: The Legacy (392 pages)
9 November Volume 6: Reconciliation (296 pages)
14 December Closing Circle & Celebration
Talk to your friends and family about how you're feeling and the reactions you're having. Be open and honest with those who care about you so that they can support you in the ways that you need to be supported.
There are also trained health support workers available specifically for dealing with the trauma of residential schools. These supports are not only for survivors of residential schools but for everyone who has been affected by the schools: every Canadian. You can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour National Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419.
The City of Edmonton also has counselling services available. They offer short term counselling and referrals to local supports. Many of the social workers who work in this program were specifically trained for the TRC event in Edmonton and have a deep understanding of residential schools. They can be reached Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30 at 780-496-4777.