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Truth and Reconciliation Week: Day 1 

Truth and Reconciliation Week at CityU will focus on how to be an active participant in reconciliation. Each day will introduce one of four important pieces of reconciliation.  

Day 1: The Truth of Truth and Reconciliation 

Day 2: Reconciliation as honouring and healing the truth. 

Day 3: Indigenizing & Decolonizing 

Day 4: Honouring Indigenous ways of being, doing, and knowing 

These four elements of reconciliation will be introduced through new and familiar Indigenous voices in many ways, including videos, podcasts, and books. As we listen and learn from Indigenous peoples who share their knowledge, let us reflect on their words and be inspired to take action towards truth and reconciliation.  

The voices shared today focus on the Truth of Truth and Reconciliation. This is in recognition that to heal, we must understand what needs healing.  The resources shared today focus on fostering understanding and acceptance of the historic and on-going colonization of Indigenous peoples. This includes the experiences of residential schools, the 60’s Scoop, the millennium scoop, the Indian Act, and further acts of discrimination.  

Namwayut: we are all one. Truth and reconciliation in Canada. 

Chief Robert Joseph shares his experience as a residential school Survivor and shares the importance of truth and reconciliation in Canada.  

Continue learning about truth from Indigenous voices: 

The below content discusses colonization. Please take care while viewing.  

The challenge is to respectfully listen, watch, and read the stories of residential school Survivors.  

A collection of items and stories from residential schools in Canada with a voice over from Survivors of residential schools.   

Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh’s documentary on missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. Film hosted by the National Film Board of Canada. 

An article posted September 22, 2023 by Métis journalist Tina House sharing the tragic news of the deaths of at least 158 children at four residential schools in the Fraser Valley. 

This page is APTN media content related to the identification of unmarked graves at residential schools in Canada. 

Thomas King shares the difficult truths about the experiences of Indigenous peoples in a relational way, sharing his personal insights and humour throughout the book.  

A collection of essays about the contemporary Indigenous experience in Canada.  

In a short video, J’net Cavanagh shares her story of surviving the 60’s scoop and its impact on Indigenous peoples.  

***Reminder: There are a number of events being held in honour of Truth & Reconciliation Week: 

  1. Reflections & Learning Raffle: September 30th – October 15th. 

Enter to win an orange shirt by sharing your reflections and learnings from National Truth and Reconciliation Day or Truth and Reconciliation Week at CityU. The entry period for the raffle will be open from September 30 to October 15, 2023.  To enter and for more details visit:  

  1. Wednesday, October 4th at 12pm PST: We are our Diversity, Not our History (Virtual) 

Join Indigenous Campus Advocate Jalissa Schmidt for a presentation and conversation on the diversity among Indigenous peoples in Canada and the significance of recognizing diversity in decolonizing and indigenizing efforts. To register for this presentation & conversation space, visit:  

  1. Friday, October 6th at 12pm PST: Film Screening and Reflection (Virtual) 

In partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, CityU will be hosting a screening of “Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair” (29 min) and “Holy Angel” (11 min) on Friday, October 6th at 12pm PST / 1pm MST. Join us for the viewing of two films that express the experience and impacts of residential school on Indigenous peoples. Space will be held after each screening to unpack reflections and discuss. To register for this virtual screening, visit:  

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