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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.

July 1, 2018

We celebrated Canada 151 with our traditional Canada Day Picnic. The day was endowed with the fantastically sunny, warm weather, so that we were all happy to grill, eat and chat for the afternoon.

September 23, 2018

Canada Club Fall hike from Emmenmatt to Trubschachen.

The weather was spectacularly good, the wind and rain that had occurred during the night had stopped and didn’t start again until after we were all already back home.

As was announced, we did indeed see the oldest bridge in the Upper Emmental (Ramserenbrücke, 1793) and a couple others as well as we walked along the Ilfis River. We also saw a wooden sculpture and discovered that the route was also a cartoon path. We even saw an Emmentaler water supply unit!

Although we didn’t meet up with a real Emmental cow as announced, we did see some Trubschachen chickens.

It’s all in the slide shows, the upper one provided by Dave, the lower one provided by Thomas, who not only planned the hike, but also took pictures. Thanks, Thomas!

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