The theme of reconciliation, and the ability to build resilience and resistance are very close to my heart. Some friends will recall my contribution to Toddcast, "a podcast for and about public servants which focuses on the human side of the Government of Canada", on the occasion of #canada150.
My story was informed by seemingly contradictory, but cohesive issues as the granddaughter of #armeniangenocide survivors who experiences intergenerational trauma and as an uninvited guest on traditional and unceded Algonquin lands. I have been reflecting and defining what it means for me and my role in perpetuating it.
So #Canada150, to me, is #Resistance150. You cannot have one without the other: there is no Canada without reconciliation and inclusion.
Earlier in the spring, we celebrated Aboriginal Awareness Week at work, participated in a Blanket Exercise facilitated by @kairos.canada, @hubottawa hosted a fantastic panel on reconciliation and resistance in August, and @nac.cna's English and French Theatre (Gabriel Dumont et Le Wild West Show is coming up) have been bringing such inspiring, difficult, life affirming, and haunting stories about Indigenous Peoples to the stage that I have been privileged to experience, discuss, learn from, and reflect on.
This week, @nac.cna returns with Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion #SirJAM. "Filled with humour and sorrow, this bittersweet sesquicentennial story is about finding life’s purpose, knowing when to hang on, and when to change direction." While this afternoon, I attended "Indigenous Writers' Gathering: Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience" hosted by Library and Archives Canada and @gcindigenous. It is our responsibility to learn, listen, unlearn, take an active part in reconciliation and bring it back to our own lives and communities, and then as Tracey Lindberg said today, step away from the story. #reconciliation #indigenous #cdntheatre #indigenousreads #mykindofdayoff