Not One More Death hosts daily public readings of TRC report, organizes workshop on policing in advance of Canada Day

Not One More Death (N1MD) invites the Thunder Bay public to two events in the lead up to Canada Day, in light of the recent revelations of the unmarked graves of Inidgenous children forced to attend Canada’s genocidal residential schools.

Every day at noon the group will be gathering at the gazebo at Waverly Park to read aloud sections of the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada report, which details the history and legacies of the residential schools and puts forth calls to action on a broad range of Canadian institutions. The public is invited to simply show up at noon to listen, to help read the report aloud, or to stay for respectful conversation. Newcomers are always welcome.

The group says that, while the reading is open to all people, it is especially welcoming to non-Indigenous people, who are often ill-informed about the history of residential schools and how they are connected to the nation’s history. Reconciliation, they say, depends on acknowledging the truth and demanding real change from Canadian institutions.

On Wednesday, June 30, the group is welcoming individuals in Thunder Bay to join an online workshop titled “Imagining community safety beyond colonial policing.” This workshop is being hosted to encourage a conversation about how to envision a city that does not rely on police to “solve” problems that stem from houselessness, poverty, racism, colonialism, addiction, trauma and oppression. Pre-registration is required.

“It is important that the community come together in honesty and goodwill to reckon with the past and imagine different futures.” Says Max Haiven, a member of N1MD. “Both these events are intended to challenge the ways colonialism is being normalized and its impacts are being denied here in Thunder Bay and across Canada.”

The events are both being organized in cooperation with Lakehead’s ReImagining Value Action Lab (RiVAL), a workshop for the radical imagination, social justice and decolonization.

These events are being organized in the lead up to #CancelCanadaDay events that N1MD supports, but which it is not organizing.

More information about the events is available on N1MD’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/notonemoredeathTB

Not One More Death is a group of Inidgenous and non-Indigenous people in Thunder Bay that confronts colonialism and demands accountability and change from powerful institutions.

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