The Deacons of the Parkdale-West Toronto Deanery in the York-Credit Valley Episcopal Area present the second season of “A Reconciliation Walk,” a series of conversations that aims to be open to the voices of Indigenous people through stories, movies, and discussions, so as to guide us in genuine reconciliation. Season two, “Every Child Matters,” begins on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. with a discussion of the film “We Were Children,” co-presented by the National Film Board of Canada.
The impact of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools is dramatically conveyed through the experiences of Lyna Hart and Glen Anaquod, two of the more than 150,000 Indigenous youth forced to undergo cultural and religious assimilation in church-run institutions, where they endured physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. The film deftly blends documentary accounts from the now-adult Lyna and Glen with dramatic storytelling to reveal the personal impact of a national tragedy.
Registered participants will receive a link to watch the film in advance. On Sept. 16, discussion of the film will be facilitated by the Rev. Leigh Kern, Diocesan Right Relations Coordinator.