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In partnership with Ve’ahavta, this 4-week educational series seeks to engage a deeper learning of Indigenous issues. The diverse experiences in this series will be focused on developing a connection to Indigenous land, history, people and community. Each outing will be paired with relevant Jewish content that bridge the topics of the week to teachings found in Judaism. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect together on these important topics. Participants are asked to commit to the entire month long once-a-week series.
Wednesday, October 18 | Blanket Exercise co-facilitated by KAIROS (connection to history)
This interactive exercise will be co-facilitated by a KAIROS facilitator and an Indigenous Elder. The exercise uses blankets to explore Indigenous history, treaty-making, colonization and resistance all of which has resulted in the nation we today call Canada. Participants should bring a blanket to the workshop.
Sunday, October 29 | First Story (connection to land)
Depending on final group size, this will be either be a 2-3 hour walking tour or bus tour exploring culturally and historically significant parts of the city through the lens of Indigenous history led by a tour guide from the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.
Wednesday, November 1 | Residential School Survivor and Film Screening (connection to people)
This session will explore the painful and damaging past and present effects of the Residential School System. Participants will be able to hear and speak with a Residential School Survivor, Roberta Hill, a former student of the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School.
Wednesday November 8 | Closing Circle with Elder (connection to tradition)
For the final gathering, participants meet with an Indigenous elder for a traditional talking circle, where participants will get to experience traditional Indigenous ritual and discuss some of the wisdoms shared by the elder. After the talking circle, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences over the course of the program.
Cost per person: $100 for 4 weeks. There are a limited number of subsidized spots available. Please contact Sarit Cantor, 416.964.7698 ext. 225 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.