Reconciliation book focus of event at TRU
The public is invited to Thompson Rivers University on Monday, Sept. 17, for the launch of the book, Speaking My Truth: Reflections on Reconciliation and Residential Schools.
The event takes place at 6 p.m. in the university’s Irving K. Barber Centre British Columbia Centre and features a panel with editors Shelagh Rogers and Mike DeGagné, cultural critic and poet Roy Miki and Secwepemc artist and curator Tania Willard.
Rogers, a veteran broadcast journalist and host of The Next Chapter on CBC Radio, and Aboriginal Healing Foundation executive director DeGagné are two of the editors of the volume, and will be in Kamloops to launch the book-club edition of the publication.
They will be joined by one of the book’s contributors, SFU professor emeritus and cultural critic Miki, as well as by Secwepemc artist, curator and cultural organizer Willard, who will both discuss their work in the context of the possibilities and problems of reconciliation.
Edited by Rogers, DeGagné and Jonathan Dewar, the volume is distilled from the Aboriginal Healing Foundation’s three-volume series Truth and Reconciliation.
The texts reflect upon the lived and living experiences and legacies of residential schools and, more broadly, reconciliation in Canada.
Speaking My Truth: Reflections on Reconciliation and Residential Schools is now available.
English, French and Inuktitut versions can be ordered directly online at speakingmytruth.com — free of charge.
Rogers’ CBC interview with DeGagné, broadcast on June 4 on The Next Chapter, can be heard online at http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/nextchapter_20120604_21838.mp3.
Monday’s event at Thompson Rivers University is free and open to the public.
It is sponsored by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, the Centre for Innovation in Culture and the Arts in Canada and the Thompson Rivers University Office of Research and Graduate Studies.
The Irving K. Barber British Columbia Center is adjacent to the Brown Family House of Learning.
Parking in the evening on the Thompson Rivers University campus is free.