Truth and Reconciliation Week — September 25 to 30, 2023 — is around the corner and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is offering a wide range of opportunities for all Canadians to “unlearn” the myths of colonial history in Canada.
“Next Thursday, members of the MGEU’s Equality and Human Rights Committee will be attending the Orange Shirt Storytime and Conversation with Resident School Survivors at the Riverbank Discovery Centre in Brandon,” MGEU President Kyle Ross said. “But there’s lots of options out there for our members who are looking for ways to commemorate September 30 in a meaningful way.”
A series of free virtual Lunch and Learn sessions, for instance, will be held all next week from 12:30 to 1:20 pm (Winnipeg time):
1. Day 1 – Sept 25: Indigenous Peoples and the History of residential schools
2. Day 2 – Sept 26: Unconscious bias and debunking stereotypes
3. Day 3 – Sept 27: Intergenerational impacts and ongoing systemic discrimination
4. Day 4 – Sept 28: Indigenous People’s Rights and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
5. Day 5 – Sept 29: Taking action towards Reconciliation
“Leading up to September 30, we’ll be promoting more events through social media for MGEU members and their families,” Ross said. “There's activities taking place all over the province and whether you live in Winnipeg or Lac Du Bonet or The Pas, we hope everyone gets involved in one way or another in the sharing and learning."