Truth and Reconciliation Closing Events
On June 2, 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) will release its Final Report on Indian Residential Schools in Canada.
TRC is also hosting a 4-day closing event in the National Capital Region from May 31 to June 3. It is working with its national partners to host events in cities and regions across Canada - including Edmonton.
The City of Edmonton, the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations, the University of Alberta, the Edmonton Public Library, the Province of Alberta’s Ministry of Aboriginal Relations, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada-Alberta Region, the Edmonton Police Service, the Edmonton Catholic School Board and the Edmonton Public School Board are partnering to deliver local events commemorating this historic milestone in our collective history.
Sunday, May 31 to Wednesday, June 2, 2015
Sacred Fire: Burning of Tears*
Time: 24-hour vigil
Starting: Sunrise approximately 5am on Sunday
Ending: 3pm on Wednesday
Location: In front of City Hall
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
A sacred fire will be tended outside of Edmonton City Hall for 4 days in parallel with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s closing events taking place in Ottawa.
A tipi will be erected to support the fire keeper and the fire’s visitors. Survivors, their families and all citizens are invited to burn their tears at the fire. The ashes collected during the 4 days will be sent to the TRC to commemorate this time in our history.
*Please note: A fire ban remains in place for the City of Edmonton. The Sacred Fire was planned in advance of the fire ban, however, the importance of the fire for those impacted by residential schools encouraged the City to work closely with the appropriate authorities to mitigate risks and ensure proper permits could be issued to allow the fire to take place. Rigorous terms and conditions are being met to ensure public safety, including fire containment measures and 24-hour monitoring. Permit conditions are being closely monitored by authorities.
Monday, June 1, 2015
Youth Dialogue Panel & Celebration of Hope and Reconciliation: Live Stream from Ottawa
Time: 10:15am to 11:30am local time
11:40am to 12:10pm local time
Location: Stanley A. Milner Library
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
As part of the Youth Dialogue Panel, 4 youth will share their experiences and reflections on the impacts of Indian Residential Schools in Canada, as well as their vision of resiliency of youth and hopes for reconciliation and our collective future. A listener panel including Youth Advocates, Educational Leaders and a TRC Commissioner will follow.
The Celebration of Hope and Reconciliation will showcase cultural sharing in celebration of the resilience of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in Canada, and will serve as a gesture of sharing Aboriginal culture with non-Aboriginal classmates, neighbours and friends.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
TRC Final Report Release: Live Stream from Ottawa
Time: 9am local time
The release of the TRC’s Final Report on Indian Residential Schools will be live streamed from Ottawa on the TRC’s website.
Edmonton families, schools, workplaces and communities are encouraged to watch the live stream together in the spirit of reconciliation and discuss its significance to our collective future as Edmontonians and Canadians.
TRC Final Report Public: Viewings in Edmonton
Doors open at 8:30am at the University, City Hall and Bissell Centre.
Doors open at 9am, Stanley Milner Library and library branches.
- University of Alberta (2 locations)
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA)
Seating is first-come, first-served at both viewing locations. Health supports will be present at the Edmonton Health Clinic Academy (ECHA) location. Refreshments will also be served at that location.
- City Hall
City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton City Council will witness the release of the TRC’s Final Report on Indian Residential Schools together with Aboriginal leaders, elders and community members. Seating in Council Chambers will be first-come, first-served. Members of the public are encouraged to attend. Health supports will be present. Limited overflow seating will be available in the River Valley Room, 1st Floor City Hall, if required.
- Stanley A. Milner Library & all EPL branches
Most branches of the Edmonton Public Library, including the Stanley A. Milner Library, will live stream the release of the Final Report on Indian Residential Schools (from 9-10:30am) as well as the Response from Parties to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (from 11:15am-12pm.)
- Bissell Centre
For More Information
Indigenous Relations Office
8th Floor, CN Tower
10004 - 104 Avenue NW
P.O. Box 2359
Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7