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On behalf of the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, you are invited to attend chapter two of Reconciliation: Listening to Aboriginal History.
This event will see the continuation of a dialogue that began in December, 2015, when in the wake of the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a few Ottawa Muslim women invited members of the Aboriginal, Inuit and First Nations communities to share their histories with Canadian Muslims. These two communities know little of each other, and as a woman of Muslim faith who grew up in Canada, I'm deeply conscious of my own ignorance of Canadian history as it pertains to the culture and history of the First Peoples.
At a time when our nation is becoming more diverse, there is a fear of pluralism and a reluctance to acknowledge the ugly truths in our nation's history, both remote and recent, as well as ongoing systemic injustices that continue to be perpetrated on our indigenous populations. That's why it's critical for Canadian Muslims to look beyond our own unease in the current geopolitical climate. We must refine our collective perspective by examining the harsh history and continuing societal reluctance to engage with First Peoples in a meaningful and constructive manner. We wish to provide a space where honest conversation can occur, in the hopes of forging bonds of friendship and support between our two communities.
The Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women would be honoured to have you join us as we welcome Mr. Waubgeshig Rice, CBC journalist and novelist to tell us about his journey.
This event is part of a long tradition of discussing ideas and literature over steaming plates of biryani in the nation's capital. Please join us.
6:30 to 9:00 pm
Thursday, November 24th, 2016
251 Bank Street, Ottawa
MC: Adrian Harewood of CBC News.
$15 or pay what you can.
Dinner, dessert and coffee will be served.
This is a public event, open to all.