Lectures
Cultural Genocide: The Journey of Indigenous Healing Just last week, one of our elders rose to speak at a gathering of Indigenous Christians in Turtle Island - otherwise known as North America – he spoke of the pain of being denied the prayers of the "old ones" and his own journey as a survivor of the Indian Residential Schools, eventually becoming a Christian priest. It is hard to describe the communal emotion as he prayed in his Cree mother-tonguethe once-forbidden traditional prayer in the Four Directions. In simple and courageous moments likethese you see new worlds are born and old worlds die. The report of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) describes the Indian Residential Schools (IRS) as an act of "Cultural Genocide." The more than hundred years of bureaucratically enforced misery and mayhem certainly qualify for this phrase. These two words describe the deliberate and openly acknowledged efforts of government, church, and a whole culture…
INTRODUCTION Program Director, Bishop MacDonald, Father Michael Lapsley, Customary Leaders representing indigenous and first nation peoples from across the world, the audience watching this on youtube via live-streaming, honoured guests, Ladies and Gentlemen. All protocol observed. My role is to be the respondent to the keynote address which has just been so eloquently delivered by Bishop Mark MacDonald. I have been given 8 minutes to respond to his speech. I am more fortunate than the audience today since I have had sight of the Bishop’s speech so that I could prepare my response. This advance notice has not made it any easier since the Bishop’s speech covered over 100 years of pain, and trauma in Canada imposed on the indigenous population - the Canadian Indians - an experience succinctly and accurately captured by two words - cultural genocide. Genocide is usually associated with the physical killing and extermination of people…
SECOND HEALING OF MEMORIES ANNUAL LECTURE HOMECOMING CENTRE, DISTRICT SIX MUSEUM, CAPE TOWN TREVOR A MANUEL MINISTER IN THE PRESIDENCY: NATIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION 19 SEPTEMBER 2013 Good evening and welcome to all of you.   It is wonderful to see how many people have turned out despite the inclement weather. It is a great statement of commitment to the Institute for the Healing of Memories. I would like to express a special word of appreciation to Father Michael Lapsley for the invitation to share few ideas this evening.   Before I came up, there was a provocateur who asked me which capacity I am speaking in and I said I am speaking in my normal maverick capacity.  I’m hoping that we can use that to open up a discussion about fundamentally important issues.   Part of what I want to say this evening is that issues such as healing and…
The Institute for Healing of Memories and its Approach to Group Trauma Treatment presented by:Jerry V. Diller, Ph.D.The Wright Institute, Berkeley, USA The Institute for Healing of Memories, Cape Town, was founded in 1998 as a parallel process to South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Under its Director, Father Michael Lapsley himself a survivor of political violence, the Institute has developed an innovative group intervention for sub-clinical trauma populations based on narrative therapy, expressive arts, and intensive personal sharing and witnessing. A DVD of an excerpt from a workshop will be shown.
First Respondent Prof Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela Restoring our humanity in the context of the modern state.  1.    Introduction: Thank you for giving me the honour and privilege to  present the  First Annual Healing of Memories Lecture.   While some memories will always remain within us,  and torment us because of the sheer brutality of the experiences, our spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation has indeed aroused a sense of great pride in us.  As a nation we have shown great magnanimity.  Our warring armies have merged into one defence force;  our parliamentarians sit together as South Africans even though they were so bitterly opposed to each other and not so long ago some even objected to others walking on the same ground as them;  we have come face to face with people who have tortured us and not retaliated and many more stories of our spirit can be told.  All of which point…
The Redemptive Value of Truth Telling Fr Michael Lapsley, S.S.M. September 1998 Nelson Mandela's Government in South Africa was elected under an Interim Constitution . It ended with the words: "This constitution provides a historic bridge between the past of a deeply divided society, characterised by strife, conflict, untold suffering and injustice, and a future founded on the recognition of human rights, democracy and peaceful co-existence, the development of opportunities for all South Africans, irrespective of colour, race, class, belief or sex. The pursuit of national unity, the well being of all South African citizens and peace, requires reconciliation between the people of South Africa and the reconstruction of society. The adoption of this constitution lays a secure foundation for the people of South Africa to transcend the divisions and strife of the past, which generated gross violations of human rights, the transgression of humanitarian principles and violent conflicts, and…
New School for Social Research, New York - Public Lecture4th May 1998"Confronting the past and creating the future, the road to truth, healing and forgiveness."Fr. Michael Lapsley, SSMIntroduction by Elzbieta Matynia of the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science of the New School for Social Research, New York.The special occasion today is a lecture by our Visiting Professor in Democracy, Fr. Michael Lapsley, the latest visiting professor from the very impressive list of visiting professors. I would like to say that its incredibly special for us to have him around our office. You will know what I have in mind when you listen to his lecture. He's a New Zealander by birth who has dedicated his work and life to the people of South Africa. His anti-apartheid activities and his membership in the ANC forced him, put him at odds, not only with the…