Truth & Reconciliation
Next Meeting: Monday February 11th, 7-9pm, Fairfield Community Place
Join your neighbours as we explore how we can contribute at a local and personal level to support reconciliation with indigenous peoples. Everyone is welcome!
What can you/we contribute at a local and personal level to support reconciliation with indigenous peoples? How can we learn more about the truth of Canada’s relationship with First Nations? We are convening a circle of interested people to discuss ideas, thoughts, and actions towards reconciliation in Fairfield Gonzales. We welcome members of indigenous and non-indigenous communities to participate in this important dialogue, which we intend to be the beginning of the journey together. We know there is much collective wisdom in this community, which we want to tap into.
Get in touch with Vanya McDonell firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or to get involved.
Sunday January 20, 2019
7-8:30pm, Garry Oak Room 1335 Thurlow Road.
An evening with Ron Rice and Tanya Clarmont of the Victoria Native Friendship Centre.
Ron and Tanya will provide a brief history of why and how Friendship Centres came to be, including an overview of the work of Victoria’s Friendship Centre and distinction between on/off reserve populations. They will also speak about the Victoria Urban Reconciliation Dialogue and the concept of reconciliation in the local context including the concept of allyship.
This is a free event, please pre-register here.
Members of the circle are currently working on three streams of action:
Build More Awareness of Indigenous Ways….we have a city-funded neighbourhood grant for our “Celebrating Indigenous Stories” project. We have ‘seeded’ little free libraries with books by Indigenous authors and hosted readings with Indigenous authors in order to celebrate the stories and perspectives of First Nations writers. We will use the reading list below as a source of ideas.
Map and connect to the land – before settlement- with mapping initiative, walks with indigenous guides.
Be an active resource for learning and outreach – enhance website, use social media, and broaden the dialogue. Group members are also exploring what we can enact locally from the TRC recommendations.
Get in touch if you’d like to help with any of these projects!
Celebrating Indigenous Stories
More info on the project:
Through a My Great Neighbourhood grant from the City of Victoria, our project has ‘seeded’ Little Free Libraries around the neighbourhood with books by indigenous authors. The idea is to bring the diverse perspectives, stories, and ideas of indigenous peoples to the forefront. We held a launch event on Saturday June 23rd, when indigenous authors read excerpts from their works at three Little Free Library locations in Fairfield Gonzales.
Donate: All books by indigenous authors are welcome! See our reading list below if you want some ideas. Drop off at Fairfield Community Place 1330 Fairfield Rd.
Members of the Fairfield Gonzales Reconciliation Circle have put together an extensive reading list. The list contains both fiction and non-fiction on many different subjects. If you are interested in learning more about indigenous peoples and struggles, this is a great place to start!