On April 4th the Dundas Sunrise Rotary Club welcomed Barb Carpio as our speaker. Barb is a McMaster Nursing professor who grew up in the Northwest Territories adjacent to a native colony. Her interest and work with native communities led to her being asked to testify before the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) on behalf of the Hamilton Conference of the United Church of Canada.
Barb’s message is that we should:
  1. Ensure that we have a better understanding of the role played by the first people in the history of Canada
  2. Create a more just and inclusive society to reduce inequities in education, housing, food, water, health care and social services
  3. Read and take action on the report of the TRC which can be found here: http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/index.php?p=905
Barb shared some great information about the Mohawk Institute in Brantford. It opened in 1834 and operated as a Residential School until 1970. The institute will soon become an education centre as a reminder of this sorry part of our history.