Lila Bruyere, residential school survivor, to speak at Renison Export this event to calendar

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 — 12:30 PM EDT

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Twenty-two days of remembrance, reconciliation, and prayer are being observed at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo as part of the #22days campaign by the Anglican Church of Canada.

As Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) delivered its report on residential schools earlier this month, the Anglican Church has been called to 22 days of prayer and renewal to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to healing and reconciliation for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples of Canada. The Anglican Church was involved in the running of many residential schools, and has been engaged in the work of repentance and examination since the apology given by Primate Michael Peers on behalf of the wider church in 1993.

On Wednesday, June 17 at 12:30 p.m., Renison will host a talk by Lila Bruyere, a residential school survivor who attended St. Margaret Residential School in Fort Frances, ON, from 1959-1967. Bruyere, originally from Couchiching First Nation, graduated with her master’s degree in the Aboriginal Field of Study program at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Sharing oral accounts from darker parts of Canadian history is imperative to the development of empathy and social conscientiousness in future generations, according to research by Professor Kristina Llewellyn, Associate Professor in Social Development Studies at Renison. “If you believe that we are historically improving naturally, then no-one is making a stand. You need to understand the injustices and trauma that occurred in the past; this is critical to ensuring that it doesn’t happen again,” says Llewellyn. (Related: Professor Kristina Llewellyn emphasizes importance of remembering darker parts of history.)

The Rev. Canon Megan Collings-Moore, Anglican Chaplain for Renison and the University of Waterloo, says that Renison’s Chapel of St. Bede will observe the 22 days in a number of other ways as well. “On Sundays, at the chapel worship service, we will be remembering the legacy of the residential schools, remembering the murdered and missing aboriginal women across Canada, and praying for healing & reconciliation. And each day throughout this time period, the chapel bells will toll at 12 noon, to remember murdered and missing aboriginal women.”

The #22days campaign began on Sunday, May 31, at the start of the TRC closing event in Ottawa, and will lead up to the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer on Sunday, June 21. To find out more about Lily Bruyere or the #22days campaign at Renison, please visit our website or come to our chapel, where there will be a small display set up. 

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Bio: Lila Bruyere

lila bruyereLila Bruyere is an Ojibway woman from Couchiching First Nation. She is Bear Clan, a pipe carrier and retired jingle dress dancer. She is a mother of three sons and 7 grand children and two great grandchildren. She graduated from Carleton University with her Bachelor of Social Work Degree (HBSW) and recently graduated with her Masters in Social Work from the Aboriginal Field of Study program at Wilfrid Laurier. Lila and her son Shawn Johnston are the first Aboriginal mother and son to graduate from Laurier from the same program and same university.

Lila is a Residential School survivor and attended St. Margarets Residential School in Fort Frances, Ont. from the age of 6 to 14 years of age. Lila’s goal is to spend the rest of her years sharing her story and her experience in a residential school, and to educate schools and communities.

Location 
REN - Renison University College
Dunker Family Lounge (REN 1303)
240 Westmount Road North

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G4
Canada

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