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Celebrating a Year of Reconciliation

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Walking Together: Our Journey Invitational Symposium - Sunrise Pipe Ceremony

Monday May 30
6:30-7:30am

Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort (300 East Lapotac Blvd)

Please join the Alberta Teachers Association and other partners as we kick off the Week of Reconciliation activities with a pipe ceremony to ground everyone in a good way with the collective spirit of working together. Pipe ceremony begins at 6:30 a.m. followed by breakfast at 7:30 a.m. 

Please bring your own cushions, print and tobacco, if you wish. Women wear long dress and shirt.

Reconciling Edmonton Display & Heart Garden Opening Reception

Monday May 30
4-6pm

Stantec Centre, Main Lobby, 10160-112 Street

Combining art & our city's history to tell the story of reconciliation. Display will remain open to the public during office hours until July 9.

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Walk With Me Interactive Audio Installation Opening Reception

Tuesday May 31
6-8pm

Quarters Arts, Boyle Street Plaza, 9538-103A Avenue

Learn more about what it means to be Indigenous in Edmonton. An interactive audio installation to share the stories of our neighbours, colleagues and friends in reconciliation. Display will remain open to the public during office hours until July 9.

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First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Junior High Art Exhibit Opening - We REPRESENT

Wednesday, June 1
6pm

Front Foyer, Stanley A. Milner Edmonton Public Library

Junior High students from various Edmonton Public Schools took part in the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Junior High Art workshop with Artist in Residence, Holly Rae Yuzicapi. Students utilized acrylic paint and mixed media, including traditional arts to create artwork incorporating the Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. The exhibit will be on display until June 22.

Mass Blanket Exercise

Thursday June 2
6-8pm

City Room, Edmonton City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

To mark one year since the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action, RISE is working with a network of organizations across the country to host a mass Blanket Exercise. This is an interactive learning opportunity to share Canada’s history from an Indigenous perspective. Please bring a gently used blanket with you to use during the exercise and donate afterwards.

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HONOUR - Book Launch and Photography Show

Thursday June 2
7-9pm

Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, 9225-118 AVE

HONOUR features the work of 21 junior high students from Meskanahk Ka Nipa Wit School, Montana First Nation. Photographs taken by the students were used to create the book, HONOUR and will also be featured in a photography exhibition at the Nina Haggerty Gallery, Edmonton, AB.

Through the eyes of Meskanahk Ka Nipa Wit School Youth we better understand the impact of systemic and individual discrimination. Students face down and challenge the narrow and often misguided understanding that surrounds who they are as First Nations Youth. Students combine their images and text to identify who they are as they see themselves to be.

In their own words “WE MADE THIS BOOK TO SEE AND BE SEEN.”

Smudge / Reconciliation Witness Walk

Friday June 3
8am-1pm

Edmonton Public Schools & Aboriginal Learning Services

Join with members of the Edmonton Public and Catholic School Board Community as they witness acts of reconciliation within each school district. People will begin at the Centre for Education located at 1 Kingsway Ave for a short program beginning at 8am - 9:45am hosted by Edmonton Public Schools. Afterwards they will walk to Aboriginal learning Services located at 9624-108 Avenue, Sacred Heart Centre to witness a program by Edmonton Catholic Schools. All will then walk to City Hall culminating in a celebration and proclamation of reconciliation in Edmonton.

Reconciliation in Education Event - Edmonton Public School Board Presentation

Friday June 3
9-10am

Centre for Education, Edmonton Public Schools (1 Kingsway Avenue)

Join us for the Reconciliation in Education event on the anniversary of the the Truth and Reconciliation Commission closing ceremony at Rideau Hall. Prayer, songs, heart garden planted, gestures of commitment to the Reconciliation Commitment Box, unveiling of the Statement of Apology to Indian Residential School Survivors, opening of the 100 Years of Loss Exhibit, and much more will be shared to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to reconciliation and healing. There will be reserve seating for elders and dignitaries. Please RSVP to Nashiban Jina, 780-429-8230, nashiban.jina@epsb.ca.

Celebrating Reconciliation in Education - City of Edmonton Proclamation

Friday June 3
Noon-1pm

City Room, City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

The City of Edmonton will celebrate the ongoing efforts happening in the Edmonton Public and Edmonton Catholic School Boards to incorporate reconciliation and educate on Edmonton’s Indigenous history. Four Edmonton schools will have reconciliation school projects on display at City Hall.

Film Screening ‘Elder in The Making’ & Q & A with Film Director - Edmonton Public Libraries

Friday June 3
1:30- 3:30pm

Stanley A. Milner Edmonton Public Library Theatre - Lower Level

Edmonton Public Libraries as part of their series called “Exploring Reconciliation” is proud to partner with the Edmonton Public and Catholic School Boards and the City of Edmonton to present the film “Elder in The Making.” This film screening is part of a series of events that give Edmontonians the opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding of Reconciliation.

Pop-up Round Dance for #101in1DayYEG

Saturday June 4
2-4pm

Alberta Legislature Grounds, Federal Building Plaza (approximately 99 Avenue & 108 Street)

Join us as part of #100In1DayYEG to dance together with your neighbours. Indigenous drummers will provide the soundtrack as we dance in unison and harmony on this traditional gathering place in the heart of Treaty Six Territory.

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Event following reconciliation week celebrations:

Urban Systems Vibrant Communities Speaker Series – Reconciliation

Monday June 6

6:30-8pm

Yellowhead Brewery, 10229 105 Street Northwest

Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton is a group of citizens in the Edmonton region who are committed to supporting reconciliation in words and actions. They have grown out of the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and are intent on helping maintain momentum in this key area. We are lucky to have four members of RISE to hold a panel discussion on reconciliation in Edmonton.

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For More Information

Indigenous Relations Office

Citizen Services
8th Floor, CN Tower
10004 - 104 Avenue NW
P.O. Box 2359
Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7

Telephone 780-944-7602
Fax 780-577-3525
Email indigenousrelations@edmonton.ca