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Celebrating Reconciliation

Join us May 26 - June 1 to celebrate the third anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The TRC's final report proposed actions to address the harms and trauma that were a product of Indian residential schools. The events taking place throughout the week will celebrate Edmonton’s rich Indigenous history and recognize the reconciliation efforts being done in our city.

If you have a community reconciliation event you would like added to this week, please contact the Indigenous Relations Office at

1st Annual RISE Reconciliation Film Festival

Date: May 26 - June 1, 2018
Times: For full festival schedule, see RISE Reconciliation Film Festival
Location: Metro Cinema at Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 Street
Cost: Free, but space is limited. To guarantee your seat, make a donation of $40 to receive a festival pass and skip the line at the door! (Festival pass is required to view "Indian Horse".)

In honour of Reconciliation Week, RISE - Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton - is working with Metro Cinema to screen some of the best Indigenous films. Each screening includes pre and post film activities, including panel discussions and additional resources.

Some of the featured films are:

  • "Secret Path" (2016), the critically acclaimed film by Gord Downie
  • NFB's "Reel Injun" (2009)
  • Films chronicalling Edmonton's Charles Camsell Indian Hospital:
    • "The Longer Trail" (1956)
    • "Lost Songs" (1999)
    • "Camsell" (2016)
  • "Older than America" (2008), by local Indigenous filmmaker Georgina Lightening
  • A sneak preview of "Grandmother's Medicine" (2018) by local Indigenous filmmaker Georgina Lightening
  • "Rhymes for Young Ghouls" (2013)
  • "Indian Horse" (2017)

City of Edmonton Proclamation

Date: Friday June 1
Time: 12:15-1pm
Location: City Hall

Drop into City Hall and welcome students from Edmonton Public and Edmonton Catholic as they walk from morning events to City Hall to celebrate the ongoing work of the TRC in schools.

Photojournalist Terry Lusty will be displaying his work from his attendance at the Truth and Reconciliation events held in Edmonton and the closing in Ottawa.

Proclamations will be presented to the school board representatives by City Council and the Mayor, celebrating the work the two school boards have done in advancing the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Calls to Action in the metro area schools.

For More Information

Indigenous Relations Office

Citizen Services
18th Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111-104 Avenue NW
P.O. Box 2359
Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7

Telephone 780-944-7602
Fax 780-577-3525

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