Brentwood and National Truth and Reconciliation Day
Tomorrow is the first National Truth and Reconciliation Day, this year has been an awakening for many in Brentwood, Calgary, Canada and around the world of the devastating loss of innocent lives at our residential schools.
Mortality rates of children in residential schools were many times higher than for the settler children. In 1907 Dr Peter Bryce reported TB mortality was about 20 times higher in residential schools., his 1922 report was largely ignored. And the recently found unmarked graves are just part of the story, Dr Bryce documented how many students were sent home to die, in one case he found 69 per cent of former students died after they left one school.
“Making Visible our Shared History: The Context for Renaming Institutions” co-hosted by Brentwood Cares, where Crystal Fraser (UofA) and Sara Komarnisky, presented a slide deck on residential schools and the 150 Acts of Reconciliation they created in 2017. Crystal mentioned the issue of children being sent home to die, the shocking numbers we’ve heard, is only part of the story.
UofC Dr Tiffany Dionne Prete, has raised how individual Canadians, Europeans, perhaps ourselves, parents or grandparents helped fun residential schools – How donors from Canada and Europe helped fund Indian Residential Schools It’s not just a church or government issue of responsibility.
Calgary National Truth and Reconciliation Day Events and Listings:
- On Sept 30 at noon, the City of Calgary livestream their event ca/live.
- The Calgary Foundation has many events listed for this week and Sept 30th, including walks, talks, an Indigenous writers’ panel, a film screening, and more.
One example of the many events:
Expanding Our Relations: Oral concepts of understanding Sept 30 1- 3pm
The following Calgary buildings and structures will be illuminated orange in honour of National Truth and Reconciliation Day:
Historic City Hall
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
TELUS Spark Science Centre
Perhaps choose a talk, walk or another event to participate in Sept 30th. Maybe a discussion at the dinner table about people you know who have been impacted by residential schools or stories that you’ve heard. Read an article, or start a book.
Please be careful and stay safe in what ever your choices, masking and physically distancing inside and out. Alberta is at a critical time, ICU’s are almost full and hospitalization rate continue to increase at alarming rates, up 33% from two weeks ago.