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October 22, 2017

Our pancake brunch was held in Rubigen, with a good turnout including three new members. Unfortunately, the food and conversations were so good that no photos of the event were taken.

December 9, 2017

Our annual Christmas Dinner was held in the Sternen in Worb. The turkey dinner was really good. We were pleased to welcome guests interested in joining the club. During the evening the children played well together the adults were engrossed in conversations, and even the two dogs gave each other a bark or two. All in all the event was a total success.

January 21, 2018

Our AGM was held at Museum Cerny Inuit Collection to review 2017 and organize possible events for 2018.

February 1, 2018

Peter Taqtu Irniq

From Igloos to mircowaves in less than 60 years

Peter was a guest lecturer at Museum Cerny Inuit Collection on February 1st, to which Canada Club Berne members had been invited. Those who attended were well rewarded with details of how an Inuit born in 1947 grew up: taken from one's parents and community as a child, forced to communicate in a foreign language in a residential school, sexually abused and officially recognized not by name but only by a first name and an E-number on a disc that resembled a conventional dog tag.

(Photo via Internet, copyright Natasha MacDonald-Dupuis)

The question period at the end of the talk included not only questions but statements. One attendee who had grown up in Canada was audibly shaken by the fact that she as a child and adolescent had never heard about the residential schools, and gave vent to her feelings of having been betrayed and as a Canadian being ashamed for what had happened. Another attendee pointed out the similar tactics of the Swiss government in connection with Gypsies (Pro Juventute's kidnapping Gypsy children and sticking them into "acceptable Swiss" homes or institutions in an underdeveloped attempt at trans-social-izing them).

All in all, it was a very interesting evening, certainly culturally rewarding for any Canadian.

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