Friday, October 14, 2016 – Sunday, October 16, 2016 7:30 pm – 10:30 am
St. Laurence Anglican Church
5940 Lakeview Drive SW
T3E 5S8, Canada
The Wisdom Centre and Knox United Church are please to present Richard Wagamese Friday, October 14-Sunday, October 16, 2016. All events will take place at St. Laurence Anglican Church.
Friday, October 14, 7:30 pm
Keynote address: The Face of Reconciliation
Now that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has tabled its final report on the legacy of residential schools, what concrete measures can Canadians take moving forward? In this spiritual, healing discussion, Richard shows how the face of reconciliation in Canada is the face of all Canadians. He highlights ways we can all help build the country we have always believed in.
Saturday, October 15, 9:30 am-2:30 pm
Richard will lead a Reconciliation Healing Circle with drumming and story-telling.
Sunday, October 16, 10:00 am
Richard will deliver the homily at the 10:00 am Service. All are welcome.
Born in Northwestern Ontario to Ojibway parents whose own horrific residential school experiences left them unable to care for their son, Wagamese grew up in foster homes before being adopted into an abusive household. He left at 16 and spent many years homeless, consumed by drugs and alcohol. Language and libraries provided his only escape. He carried a notebook and diligently wrote out passages by Thomas Wolfe, William Faulkner and Eudora Welty, studying how those masters constructed each sentence.
Today, Richard is recognized as one of Canada’s foremost Native authors and story tellers. His impressive body of work includes six novels, a book of poetry and five non-fiction titles, including two memoirs and an anthology of his newspaper columns.
In 2015, Richard won the Matt Cohen Award in celebration of a writing life and in 2016, it was announced that his book, Indian Horse, was being made into a movie. He is currently writing his next book.
Early bird pricing: Friday and Saturday (including lunch on Saturday) $110
Friday only $25
After October 1 – Friday-$30 and Saturday-$100