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Pan Canadian Book Study Group - FULL WITH WAITLIST

Exciting Fall Learning Opportunity

This is a collaborative pilot project between 4 adult learning organizations across Canada:

-Calgary Lifelong Learners

-McGill Community for Lifelong Learning, Montreal

-Society for Learning in Retirement, London, Ont.

-Comox Valley Elder College

This will be a pan-Canadian Study Group devoted to reading and discussing the book Seen But Not Seen by CALL member Dr. Don Smith. It is a fascinating history of the systemic blindness on the part of Canadians who sought to understand the plight of indigenous peoples in Canada. Perceptions have varied over time and place. Dr. Smith approaches his subject biographically, documenting the thinking of sixteen influential Canadians over 130 years (1840-1970), including John A. Macdonald, George Grant and Emily Carr. Call members will be joined by lifelong learners from Ontario, Quebec and BC.


Roy MacGregor, columnist and feature writer for The Globe and Mail wrote the following review of the book:

“Donald B. Smith’s Seen but Not Seen could not possibly be more timely – and more welcome. This is the lifework of one of the country’s greatest historians. Canadians will see themselves in this book; they will not like much of what they see, but they will finish with a sense that reconciliation with First Nations is possible – so long as we first face the truths. These truths are here, in a remarkable work that covers everything from a re-evaluated John A. Macdonald to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is peopled with remarkable characters, many admirable, some despicable – Duncan Campbell Scott, John McDougall, Crowfoot, Long Lance, Kathleen Coburn, Emily Carr, Pauline Johnson, Harold Cardinal – and is wonderfully illustrated with archival photographs and maps.”


Please Note: This will be a peer learning program requiring active participation by all members. Also, it is expected the participants will commit to attending all 11 sessions.
Time:12:30 - 2:30 PM
Dates:Sept 16, 23, 30;
 Oct 7, 14, 21, 28
 Nov 4, 11, 18, 25
Facilitator:Dr. Lorne Huston, McGill Community for Lifelong Learning

On June 4th Barbara Decker Pierce, chair of the Program Committee, drew the names of the 6 CALL members who will be participating in this fall program. To join the waitlist, please click here: Waitlist

For information about the CALL members only interest group Seen but Not Seen, go to Seen But Not Seen

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