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Mary Jo Leddy Event

  • Five Oaks Five Oaks
  • Five Oaks, R.R. #3, 1 Bethel Road Paris ON N3L 3E3
  • Nov 12 - 14, 2018 (3 days)
  • Commuter Program - CAD $225.00 Main Building Private Room - CAD $385.00 Main Building- Shared Room - CAD $325.00 (All prices include CAD $225.00 base amount)

About This Event


Come meet with Mary Jo Leddy and engage with her new book, Why Are We Here? A Meditation on Canada. Mary Jo will be in conversation with First Nations Elder Renee Thomas-Hill and Muslim leader Dr. Shabir Ally.


Why Are We Here? A Meditation on Canada

The story is told of the encounter between a Tsimshian chief and one of the first Europeans who had arrived on the west coast, in the area now known as British Columbia.

“Why are you here?” asked the chief.

We have no report about the response of the European.

We do know the question is with us still, if we are still, if we pay attention.

The question winds its way through the centuries and up through the layers of soil and self and spirit.

The question about the meaning and purpose of life is as ancient as it is always new.

It is deeply personal and worthy of life long, longer than life, consideration.

It is also a question that shapes cultures, empires and nations..

For we are all here and now, indigenous peoples, settlers and newcomers.

And why are we here in this place and at this time?


Room checkin begins at 3:30pm on Monday November 12th with the program starting at 4:30 pm with introductions and supper. Room checkout is 11:00am  and the program ends with lunch at 12:30pm on Wednesday November 14th.

Halal meals are available.

A private interfaith prayer room is available on site.


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