The Government of Canada designated 30th September as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, to honour the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities.
On that day, under the auspices of Landspeak*, we began a durational reading of ‘Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: The Executive Summary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’ (TRC).
We were honoured that Cheryl L’Hirondelle and Joseph Naytowhow opened this event, with song, reflections and a Cree prayer. We were honoured also that both Nancy Smyth, Ambassador of Canada to Ireland, and Eamonn McKee, Ambassador of Ireland to Canada, participated in the event.
The Executive Summary is a significant document – at over 500 pages, it will take over twenty hours to read through in its entirety. Since September, we have been organising a weekly online zoom meeting, to read this report through to completion, and we expect to meet every Monday until 13th December to complete the reading.
The time for the reading is 7am Pacific / 8am Central / 10am Eastern / 11pm Atlantic / 11.30pm NL&LAB/ 3pm Irish
Should you be interested in attending to read, or just to listen, please click on this link.
* Landspeak is a coming together of Indigenous peoples, non-indigenous Canadians, and Irish, providing a space to explore shared cultural interests, environmental concerns, and perspectives on peace, truth and reconciliation. Landspeak is an initiative of ICUF, organised in partnership with the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture in the University of Manitoba, the Centre for Canadian Studies in University College Dublin, and the Craig Dobbin Visiting Professor, University College Dublin. There is more information on Landspeak here.