CANPOL, Truth and reconciliation. 

What I did on my day off (AKA national truth and reconciliation day). I struggled with what to do on this day that was different from other "days off work". I'm a bit pessemistic of the benefits of many of the "official" activities. They generally feel more performative than likely to lead to real change. Late in the day I settled on some self-study activities. It isn't much, but each of these small things at least feels real to me.

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CANPOL, Truth and reconciliation. 

Specific things I learned.

- Very basic stuff like names of first nations [1]

- Learned about the current state of the language. Seems fairly desperate in terms of fluent speakers [2].

- Learned about the Marshall decision [3]
and the life of Donald Marshall Junior [4].

- Tried (but stalled) [5]
[1]: wabanakicollection.com/
[2]: cbc.ca/news/indigenous/point-o
[3]: wabanakicollection.com/videos/
[4]: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_M.
[5]: wabanakicollection.com/wolasto

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CANPOL, Truth and reconciliation. 

It was a struggle to read to the end of these stories [1] of Wolostoqi and Mi'gmaw children suffering abuse in day and residential schools.
Some of these (then) children were in school at the same time as I was, and are now my neighbours and colleagues. I can't pretend this is "just" history.

[1]: newsinteractives.cbc.ca/longfo

re: CANPOL, Truth and reconciliation. 

@bremner was it an official, statutory day off in your province? cuz that's not the case in Québec

the commercial, English-language radio I was listening to mentioned it a lot, tho (with a mention of "please listen to I❤️Radio's podcast on this subject") and the large department store near my place of work was closed (and said they had closed other locations across Canadia)

re: CANPOL, Truth and reconciliation. 

@gohabsgo It's not a statutory holiday in New Brunswick, but I work for a university, and they decided to observe it.

CANPOL, Truth and reconciliation. 

@bremner At first, I was comparing it to boarding school experiences but it looks worse. I went to boarding school but my parents took us willingly, it was hard tbh but reading these stories, I feel that I did not go through anything close. But I have friends who went to catholic boarding school who recount very similar stories. It was good to really understand the context by reading the stories.

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