Calendar of Events

The road we travel is equal in importance to the destination we seek.  There are no shortcuts.  When it comes to truth and reconciliation, we are all forced to go the distance.
– Justice Murray Sinclair, Truth and Reconciliation Commission

THE BLANKET EXERCISE

March 30, 2019 | 9:30AM-1:00PM
Almonte United Church Hall
Pre-Registration Required

Blanket Exercise Comes to Almonte poster“The Kairos Blanket Exercise program is a unique, participatory history lesson – developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators – that fosters truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.”

It is now available as a workshop in many communities across Canada.

Our event will be facilitated by Mireille LaPointe, past chief of Ardoch Algonquin First Nation, co-chair of the Indigenous Health Council, and a high school teacher in Perth. Following a short break once the “exercise” has been completed, we will debrief our experience, using a Talking Circle format. The morning will finish with a community feast providing more time to continue the conversation informally.

Participants are invited to come well rested with an open mind, prepared for a new learning experience. Pre-registration is required since space is limited and a heart donation is appreciated.

The Blanket Exercise is March 30, from 9:30 to 1:00, at the Almonte United Church hall, 106 Elgin St., Almonte. The inclement weather date is April 6.

RECONCILIATION MOVIE NIGHT

May 3, 2019 | 7:00-9:30PM
St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Almonte

Poster for Reel Injun Movie Screen in Almonte, Ontario

Mireille LaPointe, past chief of Ardoch Algonquin First Nation, co-chair of the Indigenous Health Council, and a high school teacher in Perth, will be back in Almonte on Friday May 3, 7:00 – 9:30 for the first film in our Reconciliation Movie Night series: Reel Injun examines the portrayal of Indigenous Peoples in film. Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond explores this through excerpts of films, interviews, and visits to filming locations.

Reviewers say “an entertaining and insightful look at the portrayal of North American Indigenous people throughout a century of cinema”. The documentary will be followed by a Talking Circle to share our thoughts about our experience.

Location: St Paul’s Anglican Church, 70 Clyde St, Almonte. Admission by donation.