The City of Regina, through Reconciliation Regina and the Regina Public Library are encouraging residents to read about reconciliation.

The parties worked together to put on an event called “Read for Reconciliation” on Saturday.

The event was held at the Mâmawêyatitân Centre in Regina.

“The reason that we did it is because the more people understand the history of residential schools, the better it is for everyone,” City of Regina senior advisor Sheila Harmatiuk says. “Education is knowledge and knowledge helps in the healing process and in reconciliation efforts.”

A list of recommended books about reconciliation was released at the event and titles can be found at the Regina Public Library.

“The Regina Public Library and its partners identified a need within our community to create a recommended reading list to use as a guide to begin personal journeys towards truth and reconciliation,” Regina Public Library Board Chair Sean Quinlan says in a released statement. “This event promotes greater understanding of the trauma and impacts of residential schools and the resiliency of our society to heal collectively.”

David Carpenter’s The Education of Augie Merasty, James Daschuk’s Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life and Blair Stonechild’s The Knowledge Seeker: Embracing Indigenous Spirituality are some of the books on the list.

Carpenter, Daschuk and Stonechild spoke about their books and participated in a panel discussion on reconciliation at the event.

(Photo courtesy of Reconciliation Regina.)