Rotary Club of Stratford Ontario CANADA

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Rotary Makes a Difference
May 31, 2021
 

 

Last week the world learned that 215 bodies of Indigenous children were found in an unmarked mass grave on the property of the former Kamloops Residential School. This is a horrific reminder of a time in Canada's history that saw children torn from their families and placed in the residential school system. There are thousands of children still unaccounted for from this time. While we may be tempted to say this is in the past, over 7 generations of Indigenous people continue to feel indescribable effects of personal and intergenerational trauma to this day. This is not just a historical issue; it is a current issue.

Speaking as a descendant of settlers, we need to sit with the discomfort of our country's actions, that though we might not be directly responsible, we still greatly benefit from colonization in Canada. The discovery of the bodies of lost souls underscores the need for us to begin the work of understanding and reconciliation.

To honour the lives and spirits of those 215 children, I encourage you to wear orange this week.

Yours in Rotary,

David Elliott

District Governor 2020-21

 
 
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Speakers
Environmental Committee
Sep 16, 2021
TBD
John Kastner
Sep 23, 2021
Stratford Perth Museum
Andrew Young
Sep 30, 2021
Roman and Medieval Provence - Some Personal Observations
Katherine Hahn
Oct 07, 2021
Polio Plus