On being Canadian

I attended another excellent Guelph Lecture on Being Canadian last night – the ninth so plan to attend the tenth anniversary on November 9, 2012.

Literary guest was author Michael Helm whose first novel was nominated for a Giller Prize. Musical guest was Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana. Guelph’s own Andrew McPherson was the evening emcee.

Keynote speaker was Madeleine Redfern, Mayor of Iqaluit.

I had the pleasure of first meeting Mayor Redfern about a week ago at an energy conference and was able to take her on a tour of City Hall yesterday.

Prior to being elected as Mayor, Madeleine Redfern worked for three years with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  Much of her talk focussed on that work and the stories told by the Inuit to the Commission of forced re-location and separation of families.

Despite the past, the Inuit are simply seeking to have their stories told and affirmed by Canada, to have greater control of the decisions that impact their lives and to be proudly part of Canada.

One of the conversations after the talk, as people lingered, was that as Canadians we probably know more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa than we do of our own.

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