Reconciliation St. Paul

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Reconciliation St. Paul – Knowing our Past, Building our Future

Mission: the RECONCILIATION goal is to improve relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. We want to create an open and inclusive process for inter-cultural bridge building by being willing to talk about our differing roles, stages and views in our collective story of Canada.

Vision: Reconciliation moves through four phases over time. The vision of this process is to meet people where they are at and to support safe education, dialogue and growth towards healing and good relationships. We do this for all the generations still to come.

Sharing our Collective History – confronting historic trauma by acknowledging and understanding our Canadian legacy of colonization and assimilation policies on Indigenous peoples.

Understanding the Trauma – which is being expressed in Indigenous people and communities through high rates of relational difficulties, addictions, mental health impacts, identity conflict and toxic stress in a social context of poor inter-cultural relationships.

Releasing the Pain – outlawing Indigenous ceremonies impaired the release of grief processing and this still needs to occur so the burden of the past will not be passed on to more generations of Indigenous children. Healing comes through non-Indigenous and Indigenous pathways, which should not be ignored or prejudged by western society.

Transcending the Trauma – we acknowledge the wounds of the past, but it no longer defines how we join together. We can celebrate each other, honor the diversity and uniqueness of all cultures and be the authentic humans we are intended to be.

The purpose of this website is to gather and encourage knowledge building activities about Canada's history and colonial impact. This is a place to voice local stories of pre-contact, colonization and reconciliation through research and interviews with community members. We want to express Indigenous knowledge and identity through the stories that must be shared with all people in order to journey in relationship towards reconciliation.

Reconciliation St.Paul - Meeting Minutes

Just click on the link below to download the following meeting minutes:

2016 mtg 1 Oct24 Reconciliation Project
2016 mtg2 Nov6 Reconciliation Project
2016 mtg3 Dec14 Reconciliation Project
2017 mtg4 Jan9 Reconciliation Project
2017 mtg5 Jan30 Reconciliation Project
2017_Mar_6 meeting
2017_May15_reconciliation meeting minutes
2017 mtg July6
2017mtg Aug10
Reconciliation St. Paul link to website and articles
Decolonization Comes Before Reconciliation - April 25, 2017
Restoring Honor for Indigenous Veterans - May 2, 2017
To view the above articles, click on the following link:

Reconciliation St. Paul will meet every second Thursday of the Month @ 5:00 pm at the Mannawanis Friendship Centre. Potluck supper starts at 5:00, meeting to follow. tawaw, all welcome.

Canada 150 - Alternate Perspectives

I Know You're Sorry, by Leonard Sumner
Explores the concept of forgiveness in the reconciliation process.
Foul Language Warning (one word)

Kiskisiwin/Remembering, by Jesse Thistle, Directed by Martha Steigman
"As Canada celebrates 150 years of colonialism, we offer kiskisiwin | remembering as an interruption of the pioneer mythology at the foundation of the Canadian historical narrative, and to force a space for Indigenous presence."

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