Module 1 Weblog
- An excellent place to start to understand the generational torture that aboriginals endured under the residential school system. One of the areas that I look at is under a reconciliation tab. I head to the one that involves the media. As a Film & TV educator, this is my jam.
- The CBC has established an in-depth resource of the history of the Residential School system in Canada. The collection includes an historical time-line, an archive of news items, FAQs and much more. It’s from here that I get a bit of refresher of the history of residential schools and their impact.
- From here I look into the CBC archives. It is hard to find the category relating to native issues, it is buried in lifestyle section. One radio clip that catches my eye, “It’s Debatable – Native Rights?”. Having a listen, it is a snapshot into the racism that exists in 1967. The clip is of panel interview with 2 high school students debating with Marlene Castellano, a university-educated native woman who later became a university professor.
- Audio only goes so far. So I travel to do some video research on Dr. Marlene Castellano and find her speaking speaking at the Symposium on Reconciliation in Ontario in Toronto, February, 2011. The camera work is shoddy and it is broken up into 5-5 mintue clips. I almost dismissed it as there was other, longer videos of Dr. Castellano speaking but as I was about to move on I heard her get emotional when about talking about her feelings towards the treatment of the Mohawk peoples.
- A link on the video sends me to a pdf document titled, Symposium on RECONCILIATION IN ONTARIO Opportunities & Next Steps Report on Proceedings. I don’t read the entire thing, but one part that caught my eye discusses this report.
This report is a call to action. It is a compilation of the many ideas, issues, opportunities, next steps and actions identified by event participants. Participants suggested dozens of ways for Ontario’s (and Canada’s) First Nations, citizens, youth, communities, industry, educators and governments to begin the process of reconciliation.
Love it. I will use this document as a reference for the rest of the term.