The Sunday Magazine for June 6, 2021
This week on The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay:
The road to reconciliation
Canada's progress on reconciling with past abuses and its current relationship with Indigenous people has been put to the test this week. Calls to action began echoing after news broke that a preliminary report showed more than 200 children are buried -- unmarked -- on the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. Also this week, more disturbing details were revealed in the final days of the inquest into the death of Joyce Echaquan, and the government finally released a long-awaited action plan in response to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Piya speaks with: Bob Joseph, member of the Gwawa'enuk Nation, hereditary chief of the Gayaxala clan and author of 21 Things You May Not Know About The Indian Act; and Maurice Switzer, citizen of the Mississaugas of Alderville First Nation who serves on the Reconciliation Advisory Committee of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. They talk about whether we've actually reached a moment of national reckoning and what real reconciliation should look like for individual Canadians and their governments.
'The Daughters of Kobani' and the improbable story of the women who took on ISIS
In 2014, the Islamic State set its sights on Kurdish-inhabited territory in northeastern Syria. But its fighters hadn't counted on coming up against the YPJ -- an all-female Kurdish militia. Journalist Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells Piya the remarkable story of how this group of women came together with a vision of a future where Kurds were self-governing, and where women were at the heart of that governance... and how they became the world's greatest hope for defeating the Islamic State.
NBA Hall of Famer Chris Bosh on how purpose paves a path to greatness
When basketball all-star Chris Bosh chose to leave the Toronto Raptors, he had one thing on his mind: a championship. Within six years he'd won two NBA titles -- and then saw it all come crashing down when a medical condition suddenly ended his career. The newly-named Hall of Famer joins Piya to discuss his book, Letters to a Young Athlete; what he's learned about finding purpose, on and off the court; how to be a leader while staying true to yourself; and why cooking dinner for the family is a must during the playoffs.
Learning about love and loss through the death of a beloved father
When Dan Robson's dad died unexpectedly in 2015, the writer fell into despair. And in the year that followed, he very nearly lost himself to the rage he felt at being robbed of the man he loved most in the world. But through that year, Dan also came to discover who his dad was before having kids, and how he'd shape the kind of father Dan would want to be. He speaks about his new book, Measuring Up, a beautiful meditation on loss and grief, and fathers and sons.