CCUNESCO — Let’s Talk About Reconciliation

Canadian Comission for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (CCUNESCO) — Let’s Talk About Reconciliation

A series of dialogues to get to know each other, understand each other, and reconcile with each other.

Let’s Talk About Reconciliation is a series of dialogues organized by public libraries across Canada that incorporate the screening of a film made by an Indigenous artist. This three-year project (2018–2021) is the result of a partnership between the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the National Film Board of Canada, Library and Archives Canada, the Canadian Federation of Library Associations’ Indigenous Matters Committee, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and your local libraries.

 

The primary objective: to strenghten relations

The primary objective of this initiative is to encourage participation by Canadians who are not directly involved in the reconciliation process or who are not exposed to Indigenous history and culture. These cross-country dialogues aim to strengthen relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities by creating a space where the two can interact with each other in a spirit of openness and mutual discovery.

The role of libraries

Information lies at the heart of reconciliation. Both an environment for preserving documentary resources and a place where people naturally gather, libraries play an important role in reconciliation. With access to the NFB’s selection of more than 280 films dating as far back as 1968, made by First Nations, Métis and Inuit directors, libraries can organize meetings, discussions and film screenings that bring people together to jointly discover how to move forward towards reconciliation.

Reaching out to Indigenous communities

Canada is home to hundreds of Indigenous nations and peoples, such as First Nations, Inuit and Métis, who live in thousands of individual Indigenous communities, cities and towns. It’s crucial to include the Indigenous people who call your area home in the discussion. Find out which Indigenous groups are there by seeking out local First Nations, Métis, or Inuit organizations. In urban areas, Friendship Centres and local Métis Nation offices are a great resource and might even have contact information for local dignitaries or Elders, who should always be invited to take part.

How do I organize a virtual or in-person screening for my library patrons?

STEP 1. To take part in this initiative, contact Alexandra Salmon-Bobek, CCUNESCO, at alexandra.salmonbobek@unesco.ca.

STEP 2. Check out our Indigenous Cinema page to discover and preview our selection of Indigenous-made films available online; or e-mail Florence François (f.francois@nfb.ca) for the complete list of films available as part of this initiative.

STEP 3. E-mail your film selection(s) to Florence François (f.francois@nfb.ca) and include the date, time and location of the screening, as well as the film format required for your venue. We can supply an electronic file (.mp4 or .mov) or can ship a physical copy (projection quality DVD or Blu-ray) for screenings in your library. For virtual screenings, we can provide a hyperlink.

STEP 4. Organize your advertising for the event—promote the screening(s) in your networks.

STEP 5. Prior to your event, use your screening equipment to test the film format delivered to you (digitally or by mail).

STEP 6. Please make note of the number of people who attend each library or virtual screening. This assists us in tracking the outreach of NFB films. You may estimate the number if you can’t give us an exact figure.

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