The F Word Exhibition Opening Reception
and Panel Discussion
Details: The F Word Images of Forgiveness is a thought provoking collection of arresting images and personal narratives exploring forgiveness in the face of atrocity. First launched in London in 2004, it has since been displayed in over 300 venues worldwide. Drawing together voices from the international community the exhibition examines forgiveness as a healing process, a journey out of victimhood. The F Word centres on stories of redemption, forgiveness, compassion and social action told by victims of crime. It is unforgettable, transformative and utterly compelling.
The exhibit will be on display from September 20 to October 16 at Hart House. Parts of the exhibition will also be displayed at Hillel, Multi Faith Centre and ARCDO Office.
Join our panelists for The Practice of Forgiveness: Questions and Challenges in Pursuit of Reconciliation and Justice, which includes a discussion and question and answer period.
When: Wed., Oct. 2, 2013, 6:30 pm reception, 7-9 pm Panel Discussion
Where: East Common Room, Hart House
Cat Criger, First Nations Elder UTM, Moderator
Cat Criger is an Aboriginal Elder, traditional teacher and mentor from the First Nations People. He is Cayuga (Guyohkohnyoh), Turtle Clan from the Six Nations Haudenosaunee or People of the Longhouse. Cat has been working as a traditional teacher and healer for more than 20 years in the Native and multicultural community in Canada, the U.S., England and Wales. He was taught to do traditional ceremonies, teachings, circles, one-to-one work and to help all people ‘walk in a good way’ though life.
Samantha Lawler, Forgiveness Project Story Contributor
In December 1999, Samantha’s father Leo murdered her beloved mother Suzanne. Samantha found her mother in their family home in Fort Lauderdale. To manage the tragic loss of her mother, she participated in a series of transformational programs which led her to think differently about her mother’s death and her father’s actions. Samantha is committed to a life embracing transformation, peace and justice. Forgiveness doesn’t mean you condone or accept the actions or behaviors of others; forgetting isn’t a choice but forgiveness is.
Ken Noma, President, National Association of Japanese Canadians
Ken Noma is a professional educator and educational consultant with over 30 years experience in the school system. In 2012 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for voluntarism. Ken was elected President of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) in 2010 and was especially active during the Redress Campaign from 1984-88.
Douglas Sanderson, Assistant Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, U of T
Prof. Douglas Sanderson is a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and an Associate Professor at U of T’s Faculty of Law. His work uses the lens of material culture and property theory to examine the nature of historic injustice to Indigenous peoples and possible avenues for redress. His scholarship focuses on Aboriginal institutions, post-colonial reconciliation and rebuilding community. He is currently taking the lead on a project to develop an Indigenous Commercial Code and Court of Arbitration for Indigenous Nations in Ontario.
Vera Schiff, Holocaust Survivor
Vera Schiff (nee Katz) was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1926. In 1942, the entire Katz family was deported to Theresienstadt, where all but Vera perished. She was liberated by the Soviet Army in May 1945. Vera is the author of the award-winning Theresienstadt—The Town the Nazis Gave to the Jews, Hitler’s Inferno—Eight Personal Histories from the Holocaust and Letters to Veruska.
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