West Vancouver Memorial Library Honours Reconciliation
Programming to promote deeper understanding of Indigenous and Canadian history and the role of individuals and communities in reconciliation
August 23, 2017, West Vancouver, B.C. – West Vancouver Memorial Library announced the start of Honouring Reconciliation: Hearing the Truth, a multi-year series of programs and activities designed to honour the experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada, facilitate shared community learning and promote understanding of our shared history. The free community events this fall are supported by the Celebration and Commemoration Program – Canada 150 Fund, a collaborationbetween the West Vancouver Community Foundation, the Government of Canada and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.
“The 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission position education as key to repairing cultural attitudes, redressing the legacy of residential schools and advancing the process of reconciliation,” says Library Board Chair, David Carter. “The Library’s Honouring Reconciliation: Hearing the Truth events are intended to expand understanding of local Indigenous history, impacts of colonialism and its ongoing effects on Indigenous peoples.”
“As a public institution that supports learning for adults and youth in our community, our Library has an important role to play in reconciliation,” says Head of Customer and Community Experience, Pat Cumming. “Our Library is a safe and trusted place for people to learn about culture and history and, by doing so through conversation, we can think intentionally about what reconciliation means individually and collectively.”
This fall, West Vancouver Memorial Library will host:
- Facilitated Reading Circles in the Library and around the community to explore Bev Sellars’ acclaimed memoir, They Called Me Number One, in which she shares her personal account of her residential school experience and eloquently articulates her own path to healing. September 19 – November 15.
- An educational display exploring the history and impacts of residential schools, through images and documents from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. Exhibit opening: Thursday, September 28 at 2 p.m.; on display September 28 – November 5.
- Screenings of exceptional Indigenous-made films from the National Film Board's "Aabiziingwashi (Wide Awake): NFB Indigenous Cinema on Tour." Monday nights in October.
- A moderated panel and community discussion with Shelley Joseph of Reconciliation Canada, distinguished author Bev Sellars, Squamish Nation Councillor and Spokesperson Chris Lewis, Director of Instruction (Learning and Innovation) for West Vancouver Schools Lynne Tomlinson, and notable community leaders. Friday, November 3, 7 – 8:45 p.m.
The Library will continue to offer programs and activities in subsequent years to promote knowledge, understanding and dialogue, recognizing that reconciliation is an ongoing practice that will shape our community for the next 150 years and beyond.
Additional program details available at wvml.ca/reconciliation
For more information, please contact:
Celina O’Connor, Communications Coordinator
Truth and Reconciliation
In 2009, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) began a multi-year process to listen to survivors, communities and others affected by the residential school system. In 2015, the TRC released a report—Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future—that included 94 Calls to Action to "redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.” The report outlines that “governments, churches, educational institutions, and Canadians from all walks of life are responsible for taking action on reconciliation in concrete ways, working collaboratively with Aboriginal peoples. Reconciliation begins with each and every one of us."
Community Fund for Canada’s 150th
The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is bringing people together and building a greater sense of belonging through hundreds of local projects connected to the country’s sesquicentennial. More than 1,700 projects across the country have been approved through the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaborative initiative that launched last year between the Government of Canada, community foundations, and local leaders. For more information about the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, please visit http://communityfoundations.ca/cfc150/.