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Rhonda Sussman & Connie Kidd: Genuine Truth & Reconciliation


22 October 2008


On August 22 - 24, 2008, the Haudenosaunee Men’s Council, of the Iroquois Confederacy, hosted a Peace and Friendship gathering in Six Nations of the Grand River Territory (near Caledonia, Ontario).

Hundreds of participants came together to celebrate the growing solidarity among Indigenous nations and Canadian allies who take action to defend Mother Earth. Throughout the festival of solidarity, people learned about indigenous sovereignty, environmental politics, anti-racism and social justice.

IsumaTV spoke with two participants, Rhonda Sussman and Connie Kidd, members of Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared Children, and asked them what Canadians need to do to make the genuine changes necessary for just society to prevail. Rhonda and Connie are part of a pan-Canadian grassroots movement that has been organizing to raise awareness about the heinous crimes committed under the Residential School policy.

Approximately 150,000 aboriginal children attended Canada's 130 residential schools from the late 1800s to 1996, when the last school closed. Rhonda and Connie support a genuine truth and reconciliation process - which brings to justice those responsible for all crimes of Genocide committed against aboriginal peoples and the land by churches, the Canadian government, and other bodies and persons. They challenge the court-ordered Truth and Reconciliation Commission - part of the Residential Schools Settlement Agreement negotiated in 2006 - which includes a $1.9-billion compensation plan for victims, and the apology statement read by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on June 11, 2008.

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Filmmaker: Sarita

Year of Production: 2008

Country: Canada

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