honouring truth

Honouring the Truth Speaker Series

clasped handsRaising awareness and inspiring community conversation about what reconciliation means to Burlington citizens.

Honouring Community Voices Through Literature with Dr. Jenny Dupuis - Mon September 25, 6.30-8.30pm

Dr Jenny Kay Dupuis reflects on her experience writing the picture book, I Am Not a Number, and her journey of working with family/community to tell the story of her granny's experience at a residential school and a terrible part of Canada's history in a way that children can learn from and relate to. GoodMinds: First Nations, Métis, Inuit Books will be on hand to sell books and other learning resources. Call to register. Central - Book review

Traditional Storytelling with Elder Peter Schuler - Sat October 21 @Central, 10.30-11.30am; @Alton, 1.30-2.30pm

Join Anishinaabe Elder Peter Schuler for a rich traditional storytelling event for the whole family as he shares stories of the land, ceremony, and creation. Ages 6+. Central: Call to register, 905.639.3611 ext 1321. Alton: Register on day of program. An Ontario Public Library Week Cultures of Canada special event.

Seven Generations with Darren Thomas - Thu November 9, 6.30-8.30pm

Darren Thomas, of the Seneca Nation, is a doctoral candidate whose research focuses on First Nations community development through Indigenous rights and resource governance. He leads a discussion on the challenging journey to reconcile past relations between the Crown, Canadians, and Indigenous peoples. Call 905.639.3611 ext 1321 to attend. Central

Spiritual Healing with Jane Burning - Wed January 10, 2018, 6.30-8.30pm

Understand healing from a Traditional Haudenosaunee perspective. As a Traditional Seneca woman and a gifted helper, Jane Burning shares her teachings on healing the mind, body, spirit, and soul. There is nothing more enlightening than awakening the truth of why you are here. A deep profound connection to your purpose will expose the truth and eliminate all fears based on illusion. Call to register. Central

dr jenny kay dupuisElder Peter Schuler

Special guests (l-r): Dr Jenny Kay Dupuis, Elder Peter Schuler, Darren Thomas, Jane Burning

These events are made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Burlington Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.


Selected Resources

Orange Shirt Day Resources @BPL

Canada's Residential Schools Series

Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Volume 1: Summary: Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future

Residential Schools and Reconciliation: Canada Confronts its History

Residential Schools: The Devastating Impact on Canada's Indigenous People and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Findings and Calls for Action

Residential Schools: With the Words and Images of Survivors

Surviving Canada: Indigenous Peoples Celebrate 150 Years of Betrayal