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The Power of Memoir and Storytelling: What Can We Learn from the Trauma of the Past? Theodore Fontaine and Nate Leipciger in Conversation

Theodore Fontaine, former chief of the Sagkeeng Ojibway First Nation and survivor of the Fort Alexander and Assiniboia Indian Residential Schools, is joined for this special event by Nate Leipciger, who as a teenager survived several Nazi concentration camps and a death march. The two will discuss the process of writing their memoirs, Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools: A Memoir and The Weight of Freedom. This conversation about loss, trauma and the writing of memoirs will both highlight the unique and personal nature of each of their experiences while also showing how their experiences intersect in the journey toward healing.

Moderated by Leora Schaefer, Executive Director, Facing History and Ourselves Canada

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Theodore Fontaine is a member and former chief of the Sagkeeng Ojibway First Nation in Manitoba. He attended the residential schools of Fort Alexander and Assiniboia Indian between 1948 and 1960. He has worked for various First Nations government sectors and was an advisor and executive director of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. Theodore wrote the bestselling memoir Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools, and regularly speaks to numerous audiences on Indian residential schools. He continues to support other survivors and seek reconciliation directly with those who were perpetrators of his abuse.

Nathan Leipciger was born in 1928, in Chorzow, Poland. He survived the Sosnowiec ghetto and the camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Fünfteichen, Gross-Rosen, Flossenbürg, Leonberg, Mühldorf am Inn and Waldlager. Nate and his father were liberated in May 1945 and came to Canada in 1948. Nate's memoir, The Weight of Freedom, was published in 2015 by the Azrieli Foundation. In 2016, Nate accompanied Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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