#16 – Join us for a Conversation!

The people of St. Clair United invited folks in the community of Aamjiwnaang and the United Churches in the city of Sarnia and county of Lambton to come together for an educational event.

The focus was a piece written by KAIROS called The Blanket Exercise. During the exercise an accurate history of the interaction between Aboriginal and Europeans was read and enacted by participants.

Following this powerful presentation [you can contact KAIROS for the resource] we began a talking circle. The depth of sharing and learning was moving as native and non-natives wrestled with the information they had received and the feelings that arose.

We had intended to include a short DVD presentation on residential schools, but at the two hour mark which was the time we asked people to commit to, we having finished our talking circle joined together in the sharing of lunch and conversation. Since word has gotten out to the communities about this event, we’ve been approached to have another evening like this one. We’ve yet to commit to that!

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