Truth, Reconciliation, and Discourse through Arts and Culture:
The role theatre plays in the Reconciliation process of Canada.
PANEL DISCUSSION – Wednesday, May 17, 5:00–7:00pm • The Old Courthouse, 7 Seymour Street
“Reconciliation is not an Aboriginal problem; it is a Canadian one. Virtually all aspects of Canadian society many need to be reconsidered.”—Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Summary of the Final Report, 2015, vi.
It is Western Canada Theatre’s great pleasure to invite you to a free panel discussion on the topic of “Truth, Reconciliation, and Discourse through Arts and Culture: The role theatre plays in the Reconciliation process of Canada” on Wednesday, May 17, at 5:00pm to 7:00pm at The Old Courthouse, 7 Seymour Street, Kamloops.
The speakers on the panel will be the honourable Len Marchand Jr. (Provincial Court judge), Paul Michel (Executive Director, Aboriginal Education, TRU), Nikki Fraser (National Youth Representative at Native Women’s Association of Canada), and Laura Michel-Evans (playwright and Cultural Arts Director, Secwepemc Cultural Education Society). The panel moderator will be James MacDonald (Artistic Director of WCT).
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission made powerful Calls to Action to all areas of Canadian society, including Arts and Culture, to promote a renewed relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians.
Emerging from the process of the Commission, witnesses courageously shared their experiences and stories. In turn, their stories have impacted how Canadian society responds to the Calls to Action. For example, in the Arts, poignant theatrical works such as Where the Blood Mixes, The Cure for Death by Lightning, Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth and next season’s Children of God all contribute to sharing the impact and experience of residential school. Such works also create the opportunity for discussion, particularly in terms of moving forward and really looking at the recommendations as a road map for what’s next.
Len Marchand Jr. – Provincial Court judge – will provide an overview of the process and recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Paul Michel – Executive Director, Aboriginal Education, TRU– will outline how the discourse resulting from the Commission is impacting the culture of post-secondary institutions and will provide us with a glimpse into what “indigenizing the curriculum” really means.
Nikki Fraser – National Youth Representative at Native Women’s Association of Canada – will provide a youth perspective and reflection on the Truth and Reconciliation process.
Laura Michel-Evans – playwright and Cultural Arts Director, Secwepemc Cultural Education Society – will discuss the role theatre plays in contributing to the reconciliation process.
The full Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future is available on-line here.
The website for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada is available on-line here.