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Recognizing the Sisters’ Legacy and Dedication in a Big Way

Within the Demystifying Art lecture series at the Stewart Hall Art Gallery in Pointe-Claire, a talk entitled Public Art featuring artist Shelley Miller and landscape architect Eileen Finn – both Montreal-based – will be held on June 3. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about their truly imaginative and highly significant collaborative project – the creation of a new public sculpture entitled Impression – commissioned by the City of Pointe-Claire, to honour the Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame (CND) who occupied the convent near St-Joachim Church and the 300 year-old wind-mill along the shores of Lake St-Louis for over two centuries.

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CND Blessed Sacrament Province (USA) Corporate Stand To End the Use of Torture and of Preemptive War

In his 2011 report to the UN, Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan Méndez, stated that solitary confinement in excess of 15 days should "be subject to an absolute prohibition” based on scientific evidence of its psychological damage.

Did you know that on any given day, more than 80,000 incarcerated adults and youth are held on solitary confinement in the United States.

June is Torture Awareness Month.  I invite you to take 5 minutes to watch the following op ed: "Why solitary confinement is a form of modern-day torture". 

Solidarity With First Nations

Soeur Marie-Laure Simon, CND

Next week, May 29 to June 3, will be the ceremonial close of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Many people will be gathering in Ottawa to mark the occasion. KAIROS is holding an inter-generational gathering in Ottawa at the same time on the theme of "Time for Reconciliation.” I will be attending the KAIROS gathering and participating in the TRC Walk for Reconciliation on Sunday, May 31st. I encourage Ottawa area residents to join me in the walk. Information is available here: http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/index.php?p=864. And for those further away, you can still be part of the events of this historic moment. Visit the KAIROS website for ideas that can be done in other parts of the country to demonstrate a nationwide commitment to reconciliation. 

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