Perhaps this is an occasion where the expression a rising tide lifts all boats has some truth. I am speaking of the rising tide of good will, empathy, curiosity and inclusion which is flowing from the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Now the evidence is only anecdotal at this point but just to mention three local examples.
The Making of Treaty Seven Cultural society is an evolving nexus of activities that includes themes of cultural literacy, education, historical commemoration, tourism, and a revitalized appreciation for First Nations identity and perspective. Making Treaty 7 invites participation from a broad cross-section of groups and institutions. The project’s potential for partnerships is limited only by the imagination, and by our actual capacity to respond to opportunity. This society was launched with the groundbreaking theatrical presentation Making Treaty 7 featuring a diverse and talented ensemble of over 20 First Nations and non-Aboriginal performers, musicians, dancers and poets. (From website)
Join them for the Future of Treaty: Making Treaty 7’s 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala on September 22.
Reconciliation Journey: Walking a Path Together on October 12 hosted by the Indigenous Advisory Committee through the Enough For All Catalyst Fund. This event will enable organizations to network around their implementation of the TRC Commendations specifically as they relate to poverty. Checkout this video from a preliminary event on May 30 for a taste of what is to come. Attendance on May 30 is not required to participate on October 12.
The Right Relations Circle of Hillhurst United Church shares a newsletter bursting with events happening in Calgary and through out Alberta. Check out their latest two newsletters, August 2017 and September 2017.