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Aboriginal Book and Video Club

 October 18, 2018

 First Contact

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Narrated by host and social justice activist George Stroumboulopoulos

Most Canadians have never taken the time to get to know Indigenous People or visit their communities. First Contact takes six average Canadians, all with strong opinions about Indigenous People, on a unique 28-day journey into Indigenous Canada. Leaving their everyday lives behind the six will travel deep into Winnipeg, Nunavut, Alberta, Northern Ontario, and the coast of BC to visit Indigenous communities.

Narrated by host and social justice activist George Stroumboulopoulos, First Contact is a journey that will turn the six participants' lives upside down. Challenging their perceptions and confronting their opinions about a world they never imagined they would see. It is an experience that will change their lives, forever.

Click here to access the three episodes online: https://aptn.ca/firstcontact/video/

When: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Where: Theo's (Upstairs)
Time: 3:30- 5:00

Register with Erica Fitton
efitton@summer.com​​

 

January 22, 2019

Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga

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In 1966, 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack froze to death on the railway tracks after running away from residential school. An inquest was called and four recommendations were made to prevent another tragedy. None of those recommendations were applied. 

More than a quarter of a century later, from 2000 to 2011, seven Indigenous high school students died in Thunder Bay, Ont. The seven were hundreds of miles away from their families, forced to leave home and live in a foreign and unwelcoming city. Five were found dead in the rivers surrounding Lake Superior, below a sacred Indigenous site. 

Using a sweeping narrative focusing on the lives of the students, award-winning investigative journalist Tanya Talaga delves into the history of this small northern city that has come to manifest Canada's long struggle with human rights violations against Indigenous communities.

When: Tuesday, January 22nd
Where: Princess Margaret Secondary Library
Time: 3:30- 5:00


 Register with Erica Fitton
 efitton@summer.com

 

April 10, 2019

Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson

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Everyone knows a guy like Jared: the burnout kid in high school who sells weed cookies and has a scary mom who's often wasted and wielding some kind of weapon. Jared does smoke and drink too much, and he does make the best cookies in town, and his mom is a mess, but he's also a kid who has an immense capacity for compassion and an impulse to watch over people more than twice his age, and he can't rely on anyone for consistent love and support, except for his flatulent pit bull, Baby Killer (he calls her Baby)--and now she's dead.

Jared can't count on his mom to stay sober and stick around to take care of him. He can't rely on his dad to pay the bills and support his new wife and step-daughter. Jared is only sixteen but feels like he is the one who must stabilize his family's life, even look out for his elderly neighbours. But he struggles to keep everything afloat...and sometimes he blacks out. And he puzzles over why his maternal grandmother has never liked him, why she says he's the son of a trickster, that he isn't human. Mind you, ravens speak to him--even when he's not stoned.

You think you know Jared, but you don't.

 

When: Wednesday, April 10th
Where: Princess Margaret Secondary Library
Time: 3:30- 5:00


 Register with Erica Fitton
 efitton@summer.com

 

June 6, 2019

Reconciliation discussion:  How can you participate in Reconciliation?

Pam Spooner will lead a discussion about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and our language teacher, Rose Caldwell, will perform a water ceremony. At its conclusion, we will make our own personal goal of what we would like to do as individuals to participate in reconciliation.  Finally, we will hand out copies of "Ensouling our Schools," which is the text we will start out with next year. 

In preparation for our discussion about Truth and Reconciliation, please watch the video in the link below:

https://www.tvo.org/video/education-in-the-reconciliation-era

 

When: Thursday, June 6th
Where: Skaha Lake Park in the covered gazebo
Time: 3:30- 5:00

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to efitton@summer.com