A year-long journey of cross-cultural community-building and truth and reconciliation led to our creating and performing 1784: Un-Settling Antigonish. Our community theatre production—rather, pilgrimage—performed by a cast of 30 spanning all ages, ethnicities, and levels of experience, has taught us our shared history.
Now, we’re seeking your support to make an educational film that we can share with educators, community development workers, and all those excited about bridge-building through speaking truth to history.
Arts Health Antigonish launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the ground breaking educational resource, a documentary film and instructional guide, Truth and Reconciliation 101, based on the past year’s theatrical musical pilgrimage to 1784: (Un)Settling Antigonish.
This resource will challenge learners to look history in the face and acknowledge that the Canadian residential schools, the NS School for Coloured Children, and the realities of cultural genocide have a long history beginning in the 18th and 19th century. It serves as a first response to Recommendation #62 of the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Report.
Check out the Indiegogo campaign and read more about this initiative. Click on the Galleries and Updates tabs to see short clips and more photos from 1784.
We hope you will give your support for this ground breaking Truth and Reconciliation resource for educators and learners in school and community settings.