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Truth and Reconciliation National Event

The City of Edmonton is honoured to host the final Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) National Event, taking place at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, from March 27-30, 2014.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is an independent commission established as a result of the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Its mandate is to inform all Canadians about what happened in the 130-year history of the residential schools in Canada, and to guide and inspire a process of reconciliation and renewed relationships based on mutual understanding and respect.

The Alberta National Event will feature a variety of activities:

  • public and private statements to the Commission by those who have been affected by Indian residential schools and their legacy
  • dialogues on reconciliation
  • traditional ceremonies
  • Survivor gatherings
  • an education day for high school and junior high school students
  • cultural performances
  • films

Everyone – Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal – is invited to attend. No registration is required and the event is free.

Program details for the Alberta National Event are available at www.trc.ca where the event will also be streamed live.

Road Closures and Detours

Citizens planning to attend Truth & Reconciliation Commission events at the Shaw Conference Centre and/or the Walk of Reconciliation should consider using other means of transportation (e.g. walking, biking, ETS) as parking will be limited in the downtown core. 

ETS service will remain in effect during Truth & Reconciliation events, with detours as required.

Thursday March 27 - Education Day

Approximately 2,800 students will be bused into Edmonton to attend workshops at the Shaw Conference Centre on Thursday, March 27.

Jasper Avenue Lane Closure
Beginning at 7am motorists should expect traffic delays on Jasper Avenue and Grierson Hill between 95 Street and 100 Street until approximately 3:30pm Eastbound and westbound traffic on Jasper Avenue will be reduced to a single lane in each direction to allow bus access for events at the Shaw Conference Centre. There will be lots of pedestrian traffic as well; please drive with care.

Associated closures as follows:

  • 96 Street will be completely closed between 102A Ave and 103A Ave from 8:15am-3:30pm
  • 99 Street will be completely closed between 102 Ave and 102A Ave from 1-3:30pm
  • Motorists as asked to detour using 103A Ave/104 Ave

Stadium Road Lane Closures
Beginning at 1 p.m. the southbound lanes of Stadium Road east of 92 Street and south of Stadium LRT Station will be closed until 4pm to allow bus access from Stadium Park & Ride to events at the Shaw Conference Centre. Northbound and southbound traffic will be maintained in single lanes, using the northbound lanes of Stadium Road.

  • Motorists are asked to detour using 111 Avenue

Sunday March 30 - The Procession/March

After the close of the sessions, there will be a ceremonial march down Jasper Avenue, from the Conference Centre at 97 Street and Jasper Avenue, to the Legislative Buildings.

Jasper Avenue Total Closure
Beginning at 4pm sections of Jasper Avenue between 95 Street and 108 Street will be completely closed in stages until 11pm to accommodate the Walk of Reconciliation from the Shaw Conference Centre to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Motorists should expect delays in the downtown core.

  • Motorists are asked to detour using 103A Ave /104 Avenues

For more information:

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In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555
Email 311@edmonton.ca