Bringing Down Barricades & Will The Truth Bring Reconciliation

Mohawks and supporters take part in a peace march in 2010 in Oka, Que. The Canadian Press/Remiorz

Mohawks and supporters take part in a peace march in 2010 in Oka, Que. The Canadian Press/Remiorz

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This week on And The Winner Is...  two documentaries, both of which grapple with issues that relate to First Nations communities.

We begin with a story from the Oka crisis in 1990.  Loreen Pindera covered the crisis for CBC Radio as it unfolded, and then went on to write a book with Geoffry York about it called 'People of the Pines'A new edtion of this book is expected to be released by publisher Fitzhenry & Whiteside at the end of 2013.

Loreen's documentary, tells the story of Francine Lemay.  Lemay's brother Marcel was killed on the first day of the 78 day standoff.  This moving piece talks about her struggle to make peace with the Mohawk Warriors.  Loreen's documentary "Bringing Down the Barricades" originally aired on the program C'est la Vie in June 2010.  That program is hosted by Bernard St. Laurent. 

In the second half of our show, we present an award-winning episode of the program ReVision Quest called "Will the Truth Bring Reconciliation".  This segment talks about the painful memories of Residential Schools.  As well, Revision Quest host Darrell Dennis has a thoughtful conversation with the Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

The commission began in 2008 as a part of a court approved Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.  Still in operation today, it was designed to not only acknowledge wrong-doing but to also help people heal, and encourage reconciliation between aboriginals and non-aboriginal Canadians.

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