On a Canada 150 expedition tasked with celebrating "the people and places of Canada's three coasts," The Globe and Mail’s Ian Brown finds himself in the midst of a diverse group forced to confront questions of race and reconciliation both past and present.
Reconciliation, as many Canadians now know thanks to the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission, is the process of reviving trust between Canada and its Indigenous people after more than a century of cultural genocide – after separating 150,000 Indigenous children from their families to be reprogrammed in Christian residential schools, in some cases as recently as the 1990s. The official purpose of the C3 (coast to coast to coast) expedition was to "celebrate the people and places of Canada's three coasts."
Over the course of eight days sailing along the coast of Baffin Island, tensions build and break as Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians alike face some of their country's uncomfortable truths.
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🖋: Ian Brown
📸: Michelle Valberg
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