Whatever You Say, Say Something
There are no set answers for dealing with the past. This project offers groups and organisations the opportunity to work with an HTR facilitator to identify areas of interest and issues to be explored through discussion in a safe environment.
The following are examples of discussions facilitated by Healing Through Remembering:
- Should the past be remembered? And if so, how?
- An overview of approaches to dealing with the past including Commemoration, Day of Reflection, Acknowledgement, Truth Recovery, and Living Memorial Museum
- An exploration of the benefits and limitations of approaches
- A one-off conversation exploring a specific question
- A debate on the principles and values which may underpin any approach (e.g. ‘do no harm,’ trust, respect, justice, inclusiveness, and equality)
- An exploration of practical actions to deal with the past in your local area or group context
- Consideration of good practice needed for a specific local project
The benefits to discussion dealing with the past will differ for each group and person. These may include:
- Feeling more fully informed about the issues – able to say something
- Having the space to make your own response to the past
- Starting a new local project on dealing with the past
- Gaining a better understanding of perspectives other than your own
- Contributing to the wider debate