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Governor General in attendance at last day of Truth and Reconciliation commission

On the fourth and final day of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission event in Winnipeg, Governor General Michaëlle Jean urged Canadians to confront the truth of our history and “go through with nothing short of a re-foundation of our nation”, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.

“We need to confront history together. We need to share the pain, we need to cry together [ . . . ] we are alive, and we are very strong,”

The commission’s first of seven national public events lasted four days and was held at the Forks. It featured learning exhibits and a chance for survivors of residential schools to tell their stories.

The $60 million commission is part of the $4 billion compensation program for survivors of residential schools. Approximately 150,000 children were taken from their parents and sent to the schools before they were closed in 1996.

U of M prof to take students on dig at site of ancient biblical city

Haskel Greenfield, professor of anthropology and archeology at the Univeristy of Manitoba “will be returning for the third time to the Tell es-Safi dig in central Israel and will take six U of M students with him,” according to the Winnipeg Free Press.

The students will receive university credit for their work on the dig, along with gaining hands on experience in archeology and knowledge from Greenfield, who is an expert on ancient economies.

At Tell es-Safi, Greenfield and his students will focus primarily on a section of the city that dates back to the early bronze-age, where they will search for critical information about the development of cities and the transformation from rural to urban life, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.

Tell es-Safi is the site of the biblical city of Gath, described in both the Old Testament’s Book of Samuel and in the Book of Kings. It is one of the five cities that made up the ancient Philistine Pentapolis and is the hometown of the legendary Goliath, the Philistine warrior felled by David’s slingshot.

Red River College names new president

Red River College has named Stephanie Forsyth as the institution’s next president and chief executive officer.

Forsyth is currently the president of Northwest Community College (NWCC) based in British Columbia, where she has served for the past 10 years.

Forsyth officially becomes Red River College’s president on Sept. 27. She succeeds Jeff Zabudsky, who left earlier this year to head the Sheriden Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, which has campuses in Oakville and Brampton, Ontario. Catherine Rushton will remain interim president until Forsyth takes over.

“Red River College is a dynamic and innovative institution that makes a significant contribution to the social and economic development of Manitoba,” said Forsyth in a press release issued by the RRC.

“It is a good fit with my values and leadership style and a terrific opportunity.”