Stitch-by-Stitch: A TRC Report Sewing Circle & Reading Group

“Read the calls to action. Read the summary report. It’s about increasing your level of awareness.”

– Senator Justice Sinclair,Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

STITCH-BY-STITCH: AN UNSETTLING CANADA DAY SEWING CIRCLE, READING GROUP & PICNIC

An action in solidarity with, UNsettling CANADA 150 National Day of Action by Idle No More and Defenders of the Land.
WHEN: July 1, 2017, 3:00-6:00
WHERE: Queen’s Park (North side). Look for the large Canada 150 flag embroidered over with the hashtags #Colonaialism150 and #UnsettleCanada150.
BRING: Yourselves, friends and family; picnic-y food to share; lawn chair(s) if you’re able.
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Embroidery of #Colonialism150 in progress.
Stitch-by-Stitch invites participants to embroider sections of the TRC Report’s 94 Calls to Action onto Canadian flags, to read aloud from the TRC’s 388-page summary report and Arthur Manuel’s
 “Unsettling Canada: a National Wake-up Call.”
A work in progress, Stitch-by-Stitch’s unfinished status is a reminder that as a praxis of redress, reconciliation is an ongoing process that requires collective and sustained labour. Stitch-by-Stitch will be a porous event. Participants are welcome to come and go, embroider, witness, and share reflections as they wish. No experience necessary.

ABOUT Stitch-by-Stitch:

More than a destination, reconciliation is a journey that demands a collective commitment to increasing awareness. It is a national consciousness- and conscience-raising endeavour that necessitates sustained participation in varied labours of collective reckoning. It is journey that requires a myriad of practices in and through which we can bring our intellectual and creative labours to bear on the task at hand—redress.
Stitch-by-Stitch engages a labour aesthetic that brings together two necessarily care-filled and time-demanding tasks—embroidery and critical reflection. A work in progress, Stitch-byStitch’s unfinished status is critical to its meaning. It is a reminder that reconciliation—as a praxis of redress—requires ongoing, sustained labour. No experience necessary: All are welcome to come participate in reconciliation’s labours of critical reflection and action.

Previous Circles:

May 16, 11AM-2PM, New Directions,Winnipeg
May 3, 2-4PM, Artfest, Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, Winnipeg
March 30 & 31, Tallest Poppy, Winnipeg
March 8 & 14, 2-4PM, greenhouse artlab: 5th floor, UWinnipeg Library, Winnipeg
February 28, 5-8PM, ArtsJunktion ArtHive,  Winnipeg

The TRC Report is easily accessed, here are some places to get digital or hard copies or to hear the report read on YouTube:

4 thoughts on “Stitch-by-Stitch: A TRC Report Sewing Circle & Reading Group

    1. Hi Kristina, I have nothing planned but am available if anyone wishes to host a circle in their home, or at a cafe, park, community organization, etc. I’m in Toronto for the summer.

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