Truth and Reconciliation Summit
Calgary, October 29, 2016 – IofC C’s Regional Coordinator Janyce Konkin attended the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Truth and Reconciliation Summit for Bow Valley residents to learn how to respond to Commission’s 94 Calls to Action.
The IofC Calgary team were among 250 participants, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, who explored their roles in the reconciliation process and developed an approach for repairing Canada's relationship with Aboriginal peoples. This summit was an opportunity for local government, education, business, heritage and culture, justice, health and social services providers to take action and incorporate reconciliation into their own lives, families, organizations, and communities.
Thanksgiving banquet for 50 years in Canada
Calgary, November 11, 2016-- IofC participated in events hosted by other partners in peace building in the Calgary area. A thanksgiving banquet reception hosted by The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada, celebrated that organization’s 50 years in Canada.
Joy Newman, Janyce Konkin, and other members and friends of IofC were all in attendance at this interfaith event.
Editor’s Note: The Ahmadiyyas, a religious minority originally from Pakistan, now have well established communities in several cities in Canada, and have told me in several interviews that they are very happy with the freedom of religion that they enjoy in Canada.
Other activities in November, December
“We were also invited to the third Annual Ethnic Gala and Silent Auction for the South Sudanese Cultural Association of Calgary on November 4,” reports Janyce Konkin. “We were there to show support for the work the community is doing and helping to raise funds for their own programs.”
“On November 29, Janyce and other IofC friends attended the International Human Rights Day: conference on Current Issues for Canada’s First Nations at the University of Calgary Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre.
On December 6 Joy Newman and Janyce Konkin also attended the Intercultural Dialogue Institute dinner where their Toronto Director, Mr. Ahmet Tamirc updated attendees on the tenuous political condition in Turkey. Also shared was the personal story of a Turkish artist’s recent move to Canada. He shared his fabulous art and story of his experience leaving home. “A very heartfelt story of trauma and hope,” says Janyce.