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Reconciliation is going to take years if not generations Trudeau

first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN National NewsOTTAWA – If residential schools can be equated to a 100 year walk into the woods then fixing the damage they did to Indigenous people is going to be a long walk back out.That was the message Canadians heard Wednesday from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaking of the first steps of reconciliation his government is taking by meeting with Indigenous leaders from all walks. Trudeau said the purpose of the Wednesday morning meeting was to set that direction.“We talked about a number of specific issues,” said Trudeau. “But also engaged directly on how we’re going to work together to address these problems concretely. This is an engagement that is going to take years, decades and generations, perhaps.”Trudeau didn’t get into specifics, but for Indigenous peoples the specifics surround them.Residential schools destroyed up to seven generations of their families.The schools began with the first kids in the late 1800s then the next generation were taken and so on.One after another. By truck.By train, like cattle, in some cases.Some parents unknowingly walked their kids to schools run by Church and funded by the State.Those that fought back did so under threat of imprisonment if they didn’t hand over their kids to the priest at the door in the throes of residential school system that pulled in over 150,000 children to indoctrinate them with the white way of living and language. There are cases of scientific and medical experiments, documented cases of sexual and physical abuses and thousands of deaths, some 3,200 officially. But many more are suspected according to Justice Murray Sinclair who led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission documenting all the specific details its final report released Tuesday.The TRC has 94 recommendations on what needs to be done to fix the mess of residential schools – one is an inquiry into the high number of missing and murdered Indigenous women. The Trudeau government has already begun work on the inquiry.One recommendations that isn’t so easy for Trudeau to achieve is an official apology from the Catholic church, as it falls outside of the federal government’s jurisdiction. Trudeau said Wednesday he’ll seek an apology from the Pope.“I’m not going to pretend it is my job to order other governments or other organizations to do anything but I certainly look forward to constructive engagement to address this issue,” he said.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said an apology is needed“The Catholic church is the only church that has not officially apologized to the survivors,” Bellegarde said Wednesday flanking Trudeau.But as Trudeau, his ministers, Aboriginal leaders and the grassroots move forward it’s important to ensure this first meeting wasn’t just a meeting to have more meetings, said the prime minister.“It’s important to start with a true sense of collaboration and partnership and that’s exactly what we cemented this morning,” he said.That means not passing the buck said Dawn Harvard, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.“We cannot afford to sit around talking about jurisdiction, who is responsible for what when we all have a role to play,” said Harvard.After all, people’s lives are at risk she [email protected]last_img read more


EY Kingfisher and Scottish Power to speak at Employee Benefits Live 2016

first_imgEY, Kingfisher, Royal Bank of Scotland and Scottish Power are among the employers that will be speaking at Employee Benefits Live 2016.Now in its 18th year, Employee Benefits Live offers an extensive conference programme alongside an exhibition featuring leading industry providers, advisers and consultants.Employee benefits professionals will have the opportunity to hear from their peers and industry experts on the key issues affecting reward and benefits today.Among those speaking at the event are: Steve Varley, chairman and managing partner UK and Ireland at EY; Bekki Peters, category manager, HR at Centrica and British Gas; Gillian Thomson, reward manager at Scottish Power; Graeme Wyllie, head of pensions UK and Ireland at Royal Bank of Scotland; Evan Davidge, head of reward at Arup; Sarah Miller, director, international compensation and benefits at Verizon; Dermot Courtier, head of group pensions at Kingfisher.The two-day conference will cover a range of topics, including: employee engagement; benefits technology; financial wellbeing; global reward; workplace pensions; cost-efficient benefits; and health and wellbeing, among others.The event will take place on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 October at Olympia National, London.For more information and to register your interest to attend.last_img read more


Tenants Fill First Campus at TexAmericas Center

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Kathak is a bridge between the East and the West

first_imgWhat does dance mean to you?For me, dance is my breath, my life. It is my expression, my identity and is the essence of embodiment of love, concern, sensitivity and humanity. How would you define yourself as a dancer?I am a dancer who uses the depth that comes from knowledge and understanding of music, poetry and literature and a deep awareness and sensitivity to the surrounding environment. I am deeply interested in different philosophical traditions and cultural interpretations.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ How did you get into dancing?I was extremely lucky to have been born into a family that, despite being traditional, was very forward looking and gave me the fullest support to be who I am. My family had several stalwarts in fields of literature, classical performing arts and politics. Hence it was natural for me to imbibe all these. It was no wonder that I was initiated into Indian philosophy and arts from my earliest years. I was initiated into dance at a very young age when I was not even three years old. To channelise the excess energy and because of the family background, my mother took me to the famous dancer-actress of yester years, Sadhona Bose. For me, I had found my life and breath! Dance, since then, has become my life, my breath, reason for my existence. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix You have been performing as a Kathak dancer for over six decades. How has your journey been?Life has been full of sweet and “not so sweet” experiences. This trajectory between birth and the inevitable death has been full of adventures. I was born at a time in Indian history where dance was not acceptable as a profession in an upper middle class family. People extolled my achievements awhile on the other hand, my parents and I had to face a lot of criticisms.  Even though I have been on stage for over six decades, but my early recognition as a professional dancer began in 1970-71. It has been a fascinating journey where one has seen so many changes in perceptions and acceptance towards dance, changing scenarios even within classical dance and changing aesthetics of presentation and content.As for me and my works, I can only say that I have always been instinctive and spontaneous. I love the entire vast canvas that Kathak affords, namely that of rhythmic abstraction at its height, as also the infinite vastness of the abhinaya canvas. Rhythmic wizardry is captivating not only to the performer (and that to in his/her youth) but also to the audience. I believe in being true to oneself and I believe in classicality of approach, depth, and expression. It is a heady process but so satisfying and enriching as I keep learning each time.  You have spearheaded and produced international collaborative works with leading dancers of West. How do you think they perceive Indian dance and how was the experience?I have found the Western audience to be most awed and interested in Indian classical dance as many of them take it as a true aesthetical representation of Indian philosophy, literature, music and movements including the costumes that all exude the flavour of Indian-ness. All dance forms in all cultures are narrative even in their abstraction yet the fascination for Indian classical dance is greater because of the extensive usage of gestures to convey the meaning of the accompanying text and of facial expressions. The intricacies of our rhythmic patterns and the ‘raga’ system of music that are intimately part of Kathak or any classical dance form, also has great appeal.But on collaborative works, I would like to state that dance, a universal vehicle of expression, has many clothings, each being colourful and riveting. If Kathak and Flamenco were gravity bound, then ballet’s approach was to release itself from gravitational pull. In this process of collaborative works, I also found that it is Kathak alone that can truly be said to be a bridge between the West and the East.In all our collaborative works, language was never a problem for all of us understood each other perfectly as we all spoke the one unifying language and that was the language of gestures and emotions! How easy (or difficult) is it to make a mark in this field? What do you think one has to do to excel?All vocations including dance require dedication, solid foundation of training, hard work, depth in approach and execution, understanding of all related disciplines and perseverance. Then only can anyone hope to make a mark in the chosen field be it classical dance or something else.  How would you define yourself as a guru?As a guru, one strives to impart a solid training in all aspects of Kathak. Yet at the same time one exhorts the disciples to sensitise themselves to imbibe the ethos and spirit of dance, approach to a movement and so many related issues that can be imbibed through observation and experience. But at the same time, one is always exhorting them to reason and be sensitive to surroundings for dance helps in maintaining the innate sensitivity and concern. It is extremely important that one should be a brilliant dancer but it is equally important that one should be a good human with good values and ethics. As a Guru, one would like to see the disciple to grow and become an independent strong tree capable of flowering and bearing fruits. A thought that I usually share with all students and parents is that our ancient Indian philosophy has always laid equal emphasis on arts as well as academics thereby balancing the negative and positive elements within us (call it tandava and lasya or call it yin and yang etc). The emphasis has been on ‘balanced development’. What do you think is the future of Indian classical dance?Indian classical dance traditions have come down to us for the last several millennia. Speaking of Kathak, in its over 2500 years of recorded history it has weathered several storms of invasions, cultural impacts, winds of globalisation thousands of years ago. Yet Kathak has flowed and is still there, for all of us to see and experience. Unlike the popular arts that capture the imagination for a limited period of time, the classical performing arts reaches the inner being. Today one finds that there is a growing number of young children taking to classical arts in spite of being also captivated by the surrounding glamour of popular arts but also several grown-up individuals who are seeking inner fulfillment and inner peace in classical performing arts.   How do you think we can popularise Indian classical dance and music forms like Kathak across the world? Popularising classical performing arts should be such that it becomes part of a being and that the core values that it subtly entails all of us to understand, removed from the glamour of crass commercialism, are imbibed. The effort should start early at school level as part of main curriculum besides the home, because it is then that these individuals grow up to be citizens engaged in various vocations but who are imbued with a sensitivity and appreciation of the classical performing arts all over the globe. It is these citizens who form the audience, the rasikas.  Tell us about your favourite creation in your repertoire?It is difficult to say which has been or is my favourite creation. Each one is so different and they were all born out of my inner beliefs and thoughts, my response to various stimuli that could come from music, a text or an incident. These creations range from abstract rhythmic patterns to contextual creativities touching subjects of humanism, women and children issues, philosophical issues, the five vices of moh, lobh, kaam, krodh, ahankar among several others.last_img read more


One arrested for duping budding photographers of their cameras expensive equipment worth

first_imgKolkata: It was like a dream come true for budding photographer Subhadip Sarkar of Jadavgarh when he was offered to shoot for a leading magazine. He did not think twice before travelling to Puri with his expensive camera and other shooting equipment for the assignment. However, his trip soon turned into a nightmare while shooting on the beach on September 4 as all his equipment went missing.A man, who identified himself as Amitava Paul and claimed to be an associate of a leading magazine, had assigned Subhadip to click photographs of the Puri sea beach. He promised him a good price for his clicks to which he had readily agreed. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe had just gone for lunch keeping his camera equipment in the custody of Paul who had awarded him the assignment and when he returned, he found all his expensive shooting gear including his camera and laptop missing. Needless to say there was no trace of the person too.A devastated Subhadip immediately lodged a complaint with Puri police station and returned to Kolkata. He shared his experience on several WhatsApp groups and social media accounts and soon realised that several photographers like him had also been duped in a similar manner. They then reached Garfa police station and lodged a formal complaint. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Unfortunately, there was no distinct photograph of Paul. However, one of the photographers gave us a snap where Paul was trying to hide his face with his hands. Although his face could not be seen properly we noticed a ring on his right-hand finger and a black rubber band on his left hand. It was through this clue that we managed to track the person,” an officer of Garfa police station said.He was arrested from a hotel in Gariahat in which he was hiding on Friday. The sleuths have learned that he had been using Amitava as his pseudo name to rob the photographers and sold off their expensive equipment in the black market. His original name is Nilesh Mondal and hails from East Midnapore.A raid at his residence led to the seizure of four laptops, two modern sophisticated cameras, many expensive lenses, handy recorders, six mobile phones, hard disks, memory cards, laptops etc. amounting to almost Rs 15 lakh.”We even found five false Aadhar cards, false voter and PAN cards,” a police officer said.last_img read more


Five new preferred partners join Ensembles growing network

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Sunwings incentives for early summer bookings include 4X STAR points

first_img Posted by Share Monday, March 25, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Sunwing’s incentives for early summer bookings include 4X STAR pointscenter_img Travelweek Group Tags: Agent Incentives, Sunwing TORONTO — Agents can earn big this summer with Sunwing’s early booking incentives that also include deals and perks for clients.Sunwing is offering 4X STAR agent reward points that convert to cash for summer bookings at some of its most popular resort chains across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America.Sunwing is offering reduced deposits, Price Drop Guarantee and a $50 travel voucher per person to be used towards their next vacation for customers who book by April 17 for travel between June 20 and Oct. 31.Meanwhile agents can earn 4X STAR Points at participating resorts including Jewel Resorts, Lopesan Costa Bavaro Resort, Spa and Casino, Memories Resorts and Spa, Planet Hollywood, Princess Hotels and Resorts, RIU Hotels & Resorts, RIU Palace Resorts, Royalton Luxury Resorts and Viva Wyndham Resorts during the specified departure dates.Sunwing says it’s offering its customers extra perks to ensure their travel budget goes further with deals such as Kids Stay, Play and Eat FREE deals, accommodation options that sleep families of five or more, no single parent supplement fees and more, depending on the resort they select.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterSunwing says its Best Price Guarantee also makes sure travellers get their summer vacation with peace of mind knowing that should they find the exact same vacation package elsewhere prior to booking, Sunwing will match that price.At Royalton Luxury Resorts, families get reservation-free dining with children-friendly menu options and kids clubs including the ClubHouse Kids Club and Hangout Teens Lounge.At RIU Palace Resorts, Sunwing guests enjoy additional perks such as unlimited reservation-free dining, in-room liquor dispensers, 24-hour room service, poolside wait service and unlimited free WiFi around the resort.last_img read more