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85 Israel Asper Way

MTS Classrooms ABC

Winnipeg, MA R3C 0L5

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Canadians are familiar with the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which examined Canada’s residential school system and its historic impact and current day implications for Indigenous children and communities.

The Truth and Reconciliation process was originally developed in Latin America and has been adopted by countries around the world as a means of uncovering, acknowledging and helping people heal from state led or sponsored wrongdoings committed against a targeted population. The first truth and reconciliation commissions were established in the early 1980s in Bolivia and Argentina to respond to the human rights violations, disappearances and deaths caused by the military juntas that had been recently overthrown in both countries.

In 1976, Patricia Erb was a student leader and social activist in Buenos Aires. At 19, Patricia was imprisoned. She was held captive for four weeks and tortured at a secret army site called Campo de Mayo.

During Reflections on Truth and Reconciliation: From Argentina, to Bolivia to Canada, Patricia will share her thoughts on the journey of Truth and Reconciliation that she herself has lived through - her own experience and that of the official Memory, Truth and Justice Movement in Argentina. In Bolivia, Patricia lived and worked with Indigenous children and communities at a historic moment. The Indigenous majority, who had been excluded from political power and economic justice began to mobilize and eventually elected Bolivia’s first Indigenous leader, President Evo Morales.

When Patricia came to Canada, she wanted to continue her work and collaboration with Indigenous peoples on issues of children’s rights, self-determination, cultural preservation, and community wellbeing. Under her leadership, Save the Children has established an Indigenous Advisory Circle, developed a Relationship Framework and has nurtured new and expanding partnerships with Indigenous children and communities

Patricia understands the power and challenge of Truth, Memory and Reconciliation through her personal experience and the profound learnings she was honoured to receive from her decades of work with Indigenous communities. She looks forward to sharing what she has learned over more than 40 years to hopefully help Canadians walk this path toward a new relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

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