Go Back

Lorena Smalley

Talking Circles: Towards Truth and Reconciliation

 

Join in to Learn and Understand

Starting on Saturday, April 23, 2022, the Seba Beach Seniors will be hosting monthly presentations featuring indigenous speakers. The purpose of the series called Talking Circles: Towards Truth and Reconciliation is to learn, understand our biases, and build better relationships between cultural groups.  We are very happy to be co-hosts and help Seba Beach Seniors bring these presentations to our members and seniors here in Edmonton.

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT
Cathie Duchesne, of the Seba Beach Seniors, said, “As Canadians, we are learning every day about our past and about the mistakes made. The Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Report pointed to how we can move past our history. To do so, it’s important to understand the background to where we are today in  Canada, and in our neighborhood, to see how we can move forward to become stronger together.”

The Talking Circle series are:

   

April 23, 2022, at 2:00 PM.

Did you know that for Indigenous peoples in Canada — comprised of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples — oral histories play an integral role in their respective cultures? Sometimes also referred to as “oral traditions,” oral histories have been the vital method of passing down stories, histories, spiritual lessons or teachings, songs, poems, prayers, and ways of survival for thousands of years.

Join us Saturday, April 23, 2022, at 2:00 PM.  as we host the 1st session of our Talking Circles series… TALKING CIRCLES: KNOWLEDGE KEEPERS SHARE THEIR STORIES.  Jade Brown-Tootoosis, Carrie Armstrong , and Carolyn Wagner share their personal stories focusing on Plains culture. They will discuss the use of environmental resources, Indigenous ways of knowing, cultural identity, and traditional government structures.

Come Join Us:

  • $5.00 – In-person at the Seba Beach Seniors Centre.  Light snacks and beverages will be served to those who join us in person  or
  • FREE – online via ZOOM

May 28, 2022, at 2:00 PM.

We have all heard how we are living on Treaty 6 land but do you know what that means?  Come join us as we host Talking Circles: Understanding The Metis Identity.

Join us Saturday, May 28, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. as Dr.  Chris Andersen, Dean, and Professor, the University of Alberta Faculty of Native Studies presents THE CANADIAN STORY OF THE MÉTIS PEOPLE.  During these presentations, we will learn about the Metis People.  The conversation will explain identity, scrip, resistance against oppressive government policies, hunting and fishing rights, Road Allowance People, Métis Settlements, and aspects of culture.

Come Join Us:

  • $5.00 – In-person at the Seba Beach Seniors Centre.  Light snacks and beverages will be served to those who join us in person  or
  • FREE – online via ZOOM

June 25, at 2:00 PM.

Join us Saturday, June 25, at 2:00 p.m. as Madalyn Mandziuk from the University of Alberta Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology(IPIA)  discusses the impact of government practices such as the banning of Indigenous ceremonies, loss of language, non-existent citizenship rights, and how the colonial system continues to impact Indigenous peoples today.

The purpose of our series Talking Circles: Towards Truth And Reconciliation is to learn, understand our biases, and build better relationships between cultural groups. We hope you will join us:

  • $5.00 – In-person at the Seba Beach Seniors Centre.  Light snacks and beverages will be served to those who join us in person  or
  • FREE – online via ZOOM

POSTPONED – THE RESCHEDULED TIME WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL YUNXUAN@WESENIORS.CA

As Canadians, many of us were appalled to hear the finding and stories about the residential schools here in Canada.  

Join us as we host our Talking Circles series: Residential Schools on Saturday, July 23, at 2:00 p.m. and learn about residential schools and how they continue to have lasting effects on individuals and communities.  The purpose of our series Talking Circles: Towards Truth And Reconciliation is to learn, understand our biases, and build better relationships between cultural groups. 

Come Join Us:

  • $5.00 – In-person at the Seba Beach Seniors Centre.  Light snacks and beverages will be served to those who join us in person  or
  • FREE – online via ZOOM

August 27, at 2:00 PM.

Definition: truth
Noun – /tro͞oTH/
a fact or belief that is accepted as true.

 

Definition: rec·on·cil·i·a·tion
Noun – /ˌrekənˌsilēˈāSH(ə)n/
the restoration of friendly relations.
 

Come join us for the last of our Talking Circles series!  TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION: Exploring the meaning of “truth” and how all of us can move forward through ”reconciliation.”

The purpose of our Talking Circles series has been to learn, understand our biases, and build better relationships between cultural groups.  The Seba Beach Seniors Club believes that as Canadians, we are learning every day about our past and about the mistakes made. The Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Report pointed to how we can move past our history. To do so, it’s important to understand the background of where we are today in  Canada, and in our neighborhood, to see how we can move forward to become stronger together.

About our discussion leader

Kathleen Gibson is a Truth and Reconciliation Advocate residing in Edmonton. Kathleen is a Registered Dietitian and holds a B.Sc. (Specialization, Chemistry) from the U of A, and a B.A.Sc. (Applied Human Nutrition) from the U of Guelph. She has visited every First Nations community in Alberta and was an Indian Residential School Health Worker at the TRC event in Edmonton, working in the private statement gathering area. Her presentation will provide ideas on how people may work toward reconciliation with First Nations peoples.

We hope you will join us Come Join Us:

  • $5.00 – In-person at the Seba Beach Seniors Centre.  Light snacks and beverages will be served to those who join us in person  or
  • FREE – online via ZOOM

Register for one or all of the Talking Circles afternoons and Celebration Feast!

Seba Beach Seniors Golden Age Club

  • In-person registration
  • Wednesday and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Westend Seniors Activity Centre

  • In-person registration
  • Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

ONLINE REGISTRATION:

Come Join Us For A Celebration!

  • This event will be on September 30th, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. (in person only at Seba Seniors).
  • The event will be free, we will have entertainment; as well as food and refreshments.
  • Registration is required.
Spread the love