Tony Reynolds

What does truth and reconciliation with indigenous peoples entail?

Recently the Truth and Reconciliation Commission concluded its work by publishing a report which the authors believe reveals the truth about the residential school system and its impact on First Nations people and the broader society.

It concludes with 94 calls to action which can act as a guide to healing the harm done and to transforming how indigenous and settler peoples relate to each other and how to live constructively together in this land. Indeed, the new federal government has stated it wishes to establish a new relationship with Indigenous Peoples, and that it will implement all of the recommendations.

What, in practical terms does this mean? What is to be done? Why and how? Join the Philosopher’s Cafe as Tony Reynolds leads this topic which will certainly have an impact on the social and economic relationships on the North Island. Reynolds served as Executive Director of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples that reported to Parliament in 1997.  A resident of the Comox Valley for 18 years, he and his wife Rachel farmed for many of those years and now reside in Comox where he writes and is active with L’Arche Comox Valley.

Once a month, a speaker will introduce a theme to the Café, and then all who attend can join in respectful, non-partisan conversation, or just sit back and listen.  You are welcome to propose topics and introduce them at future Cafés. Themes should be of broad interest and national significance, and have an element of controversy to them.

Reynolds will have just 10 minutes to introduce the topic, and then the floor is open for 50 minutes of moderated discussion.

  • When: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 7-8 p.m.
  • Cost: Free.
  • Location: Berwick by the sea, Tyee Lounge 1353 16th Ave. Campbell River.
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