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On the Path to Reconciliation
Study Group

The On the Path to Reconciliation study group covers the fundamentals for understanding the issues facing Indigenous peoples and the role of Canada’s colonial past in the destruction of Indigenous cultures.

Fairbairn House is pleased to partner with Bearing Witness Canada to present this study group.

Join us to review the history of colonization in Canada, the establishment of the Indian residential school system and how this system was used as a tool in the ongoing cultural genocide of Indigenous peoples.

To register contact the instructor Paul Brown by e-mail at info@bearingwitness.ca. Fees to be paid before the beginning of each session.


Session 1 ($40 per person)

March 20, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
April 3, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Using the book Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Issues in Canada by author Chelsea Vowel, participants have an opportunity to review some of the issues facing Indigenous peoples living in Canada including Canada’s colonial history, issues of terminology, identity, treaties, land claims and the Indian Act.

Participants are responsible for the purchase of their copy of the book, available online at Chapters (ISBN: 978-1-55379-680-0). Participants should read and be prepared to discuss pages 1-167 for the first meeting.

Session 2 ($40 per person)

April 17, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
May 1, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Week one, participants review the official apology to survivors of the Indian Residential School system and the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Discussions focus on apology, is there value in apology, what elements make for a good apology.

During week two the focus is the UN Declaration on the rights of Indigenous People, the history of its development and struggle to implement the declaration into Canadian law.

Session 3 ($40 per person)

May 15, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
May 29, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples has been mostly ignored since it has been release in 1996. We look at volume one and review a selection from the report chosen in consultation as a group. Volume One of the report can be downloaded at Publications Canada. (large file)

Session 4 ($40 per person)

June 12, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
June 26, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Using the book, A Knock on the Door: the Essential History of Residential Schools published by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, participants look at the history of colonization in Canada, the establishment of the Indian Residential School system in Canada as a tool of genocide, the experience of students at the schools and the 94 calls to action.

Participants are responsible for the purchase of their copy of the book, available online at Chapters (ISBN: 978-0-88755785-9) . Participants should read and be prepared to discuss pages 1-128 for the first meeting.

Session 5 ($40 per person)

July 10, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
July 24, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

A special screening of the film Indian Horse, based on the book by the same title by author Richard Wagamese, is used as the basis for discussion around the subject of the Indian Residential School system and the impact of multi-generational trauma.

Past Events

HERITAGE DAY LUNCHEON

Monday, February 11, 2019 at noon, La Vallée Restaurant, 1418-Hwy 105, Chelsea, QC

Fairbairn House Heritage Centre Annual Heritage Day Speaker Series

EREBUS & TERROR: THE MAKING OF A NORTHERN NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

Presentation will be in English with Q&A also offered in French.

‎Much has happened in and around King William Island, Nunavut, since the discoveries of Sir John Franklin's lost ships in 2014 and 2016.

Guest Speaker Tamara Tarasoff, Project Manager of Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site for Parks Canada, describes her work with underwater archaeologists, historians, the Inuit in the hamlet of Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, and many other experts to protect and present these two famous shipwrecks and the stories associated with them.

Join us for this exclusive behind the scenes look at the creation of Canada's newest northern National Historic Site. Beautiful photos, hands-on reproductions of artifacts and other objects will be shared with the audience.

Come for lunch ($) with presentation to follow.

(Photo © Parks Canada)

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RAIN OR SHINE!

CASH or CHEQUE

Fairbairn show date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018,

7 pm

This 90 minute 6-actor production of Twelfth Night will play against the backdrop of 35 community parks in 50 performances across Ottawa and the surrounding area. Join the Fools for this vibrant gender-bending comedy of love, music, and mistaken identity. Fun for the whole family!

Bring a lawn chair or blanket, bug spray, a picnic and your sense of humour! Pass-the-hat donations are collected at the end of the performance.

Fairbairn show date: Sunday, July 29, 2018,

7 pm

William Shakespeare's exuberantly oddball masterpiece plays at the Fairbairn House on Sunday, July 29 at 7 pm! Follow a pair of lovers as they react to the mad world around them in a 90-minute version of the play packed with every plot device Shakespeare could think of: star-crossed lovers, a wicked stepmother, a befuddled king, a loyal servant, separated siblings, wild men, exiled kin, cross-dressing, kidnapping, murder plots, and a Roman invasion!

Bring the family, a picnic, something to sit on, bug spray – and rain gear if needed.

(The show will go on, unless conditions turn unsafe.)

Suggested donation: $20 per person

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Heritage Day luncheon at La Vallée Restaurant

12 Noon, Monday Feb. 19, 2018

Guest Speaker: Karent Bays presents "Quilting Through the Years"

Bring a picnic!

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A Summer...A Fair

Sunday July 30, 2017 at 4 pm
Saturday August 12, 2017 at 3 pm
Sunday August 27, 2017 at 2 pm