“Building Bridges through understanding the village” by Dan MacQuarrie

June 2, 2015 : Justice Murray Sinclair of the Truth and Reconciliation commission, tables 94 recommendations for the government of Canada; which when implemented, will encourage ALL Canadians to participate in building the Canada of our Dreams.

October 19, 2015:  Justin Trudeau is given a majority government.   In his acceptance speech he reiterated his campaign promise to implement all 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The province of British Columbia has also accepted responsibility to follow suit .

November 17: The Ministries responsible for health and education have invited Kathi Camillari , who works with aboriginal mental health, to do an experiential workshop for social workers here in Salmon Arm.   The school district is also invited to participate.

They will be exploring in depth, the affects of Residential Schools regarding Canada’s policy of assimilation and colonization,

Having participated in one of Kathi’s experiential workshops, and been informed of her coming, I quickly phoned to see if she would come a day early, to conduct a workshop for the Shuswap Community.   She agreed.    The MacQuarrie Institute, in partnership with The Aboriginal Department of S D # 83, and First United Church;  are pleased to invite everyone to a workshop titled, “Building Bridges Through Understanding the Village.”

What an opportunity to be in the forefront of a spirit which is sweeping the country.   Even sweeping the world.    Americans and Cubans trying diplomacy instead of punishment.   Similarly with Iran and nuclear disarmament.   Now it is our turn to learn the truth about how Canada came into being, apologize for the injustices that were perpetrated upon the Indigenous people, and be reconciled to getting along with each other.

We can take a 1st step November 16, by participating in the workshop at First United Church 8:30 to 4:30 PM

MacQuarrie Institute

Peace, Dan MacQuarrie

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