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Celebrating Reconciliation

Join us May 28 - June 3 to celebrate the second anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). This 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 indigenousrelations@edmonton.ca.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 28

All Our Father’s Relations (祖根父脈) Edmonton Premiere

A part of the Asian Canadian Film Series and Reconciliation Week

The film will be followed by a Q & A with the filmmakers, moderated by Edmonton’s Historian Laureate, Chris Chang-Yen Phillips.

Location

Metro Cinema at Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 Street, Edmonton

Time

4:30-6:45pm, followed by an optional dinner discussion at Tang Bistro

Cost

$10 General Admission, $6 Child/Student/Senior

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Edmonton Chinese Young Leaders Council (ECYLC) 

Asian Heritage Month

Synopsis

All Our Father’s Relations (祖根父脈) tells the story of the Grant siblings who journey from Vancouver to China in an attempt to rediscover their father’s roots and better understand his fractured relationship with their Musqueam mother. Raised primarily in the traditions of the Musqueam people, the Grant family and their story reveals the shared struggles of migrants and Aboriginal peoples today and in the past.

Sponsoring Groups

This film screening is organized in partnership with Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton (RISE), ECYLC (Edmonton Chinese Young Leaders Council), and Right Relations Productions.

For more information about this event, contact Kathryn Lennon.

Monday, May 29

Exploring Reconciliation: Youth Showcase

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On May 29 EPL, in collaboration with Indigenous Leadership Academy at Centre High, will host student groups and participate creatively in a variety of reconciliation activities, such as Circle discussions, graffiti walls, comic book creation, speaker’s corners and more! In addition, we will be honouring reconciliation works created by young people from Edmonton and area in a special ceremony. Reconciliation works created prior to and during the event will then be available for viewing in selected library branches across the city.

Location

ACT Aquatic and Recreation Centre, 2909 113 Avenue

Time

10-11:30am

Sponsoring Groups
  • Edmonton Public Library
  • Edmonton Public School Board – Centre High (Indigenous Leadership Academy)

For more information, contact Danielle Powder at 780-508-9218 or emailing dpowder@epl.ca.

Secret Path Talking Tour Stop

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund Logo

Mike Downie and Charlene Bearhead will speak about the nation wide ripples of ReconciliACTION resulting from the Gord Downie/Jeff Lamire Secret Path project. A sneak preview of components of the sequel “Our Secret Path” will be shared as well as local acts of reconciliation for people to engage with. Guests will have an opportunity to commit to their own acts of reconciliation by contributing to the next edition of the RISE ZINE - 150 Everyday Acts of Reconciliation.  

Location

MacEwan University
Robbins Health Learning Centre, Kule Theatre
Room 9-323, 10910 - 104 Avenue, Edmonton

Time

6-8pm

Tickets/RSVP

Eventbrite

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Sponsoring Groups
  • Downie Wenjack Fund
  • Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton (RISE)
  • City of Edmonton

For more information contact Charlene Bearhead.

Tuesday, May 30

Connecting to Camsell Screenings & Discussion

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What do you know about the Charles Camsell Hospital?

Learn more about the layered history from a segregated Indian hospital to a present-day housing development through a series of short films and a panel discussion.

Featuring:

“The Longer Trail” (1956, National Film Board of Canada)

“Lost Songs” (1999, National Film Board of Canada)

“Camsell” (2016, Edmonton Heritage Council)

The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion including former patients, local researchers and community members.

Donations gladly accepted at the door.

Location

River Cree Resort, 300 East Lapotac Blvd, Enoch Alberta

Time

6-8pm

Tickets/RSVP

Eventbrite

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Sponsoring Groups
  • Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton (RISE)
  • Enoch Cree Nation Archives

For more information, email RISEdm@telus.net

Thursday, June 1

Memorandum of Understanding Signing between the University of Alberta and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

University of Alberta &  National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Upon the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a National Centre was established at the University of Manitoba to continue the work of the Commission. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation has a mandate is “to preserve the memory of Canada’s Residential School system, and its legacy, to broadly educate the public, to engage Survivors and community and to conduct new research.”

The signing of the MOU connects the University of Alberta to this national network of partner initiatives and creates increased accountability for the University Community in responding the the Calls to Action in a meaningful and respectful way, in collaboration with Survivors and broader communities.

Location

Main Quad, North Campus, University of Alberta

Time

8am-1pm

Tickets/RSVP

This is an open event and is free to attend.

Sponsoring Group

University of Alberta


Alex Decoteau Run

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Each spring, students in Edmonton gather to take part in a 5 kilometer race named in honor of Alexander Wuttunee Decoteau, Canada’s first Aboriginal police officer.

To the children, Decoteau is a role model, an example of what people can accomplish with their lives. And although Decoteau’s life was a short one, almost 100 years after his death he still inspires others with his example.

Location

Rundle Park, 2909 113 Avenue

Time

9am-3pm

Tickets/RSVP

Grade 6 Students only, registration through schools by emailing Lisa.Wolfe@edmontonpolice.ca

Sponsoring Groups
  • Edmonton Police Foundation
  • Edmonton Police Services
  • Running Room
  • Ever Active Schools

For more information, contact Cst. Lisa Wolfe.


RISE Book Club - “In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation

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Join us for a discussion of the second book in the RISE book club: "In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation" edited by Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail. Everyone was invited to read and discuss the book.

On June 1, we will meet in person in the City Hall School Classroom in the 2004 Room at City Hall to talk about the book, what we've learned, and actions we can take towards reconciliation. Danielle will be joining the conversation along with other contributors from the book.

Location

City Hall School Classroom, City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Time

4:30-6pm

Tickets/RSVP

Eventbrite

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Sponsoring Group

Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton (RISE)

For more information, email RISEdm@telus.net.

Pecha Kucha Night 28

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For Pecha Kucha Night 28, Edmonton’s NextGen is asking Edmontonians, “What’s your idea for building a stronger, more inclusive, and more sustainable Canada?” Ten presenters will engage, inspire, and challenge the audience with ideas on how we as a nation can grow together into the next 150 years.

Location

Maclab Theatre, Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue

Time

7-9pm (Pre-event reception begins at 6pm)

Tickets/RSVP

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Sponsoring Groups

Edmonton’s NextGen

Friday, June 2

Reconciliation in Education Event

Edmonton Public Schools First Nations, Metis & Inuit Education Logo

District staff, students, families and community will be invited to present commitments towards reconciliation at the Centre for Education.  Invited guests include Elders and singers.

Location

Centre for Education, 1 Kingsway NW

Time

8:30-9:30am

Sponsoring Groups

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education, Edmonton Public Schools

For more information, contact Melissa Purcell at melissa.purcell@epsb.ca or 780-429-8599.


Metis Children in Residential Schools

Edmonton Catholic Schools Indigenous Learning Services Logo

Edmonton Catholic School's Indigenous Learning Services is proud to host the Metis Nation of Alberta's President Audrey Poitras to deliver a keynote address to students reflecting on the experiences of Metis during the Residential Schools era.

Location

Sacred Heart Centre, 9624 108 Avenue

Time

10-10:45am

Sponsoring Groups
  • Indigenous Learning Services
  • Edmonton Catholic Schools

For more information, contact Shirley Mykituk.


City of Edmonton Proclamation Celebration - Reconciliation in Education

Edmonton Public Schools & Edmonton Catholic Schools Logos

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.

A launch of the Reconciliation in Education Photovoice Book will occur. Students met with Elder Phillip Campiou from Driftpile First Nation to discuss what reconciliation is and what it means to them. The students were then encouraged to take photos and write artist statements on reconciliation to accompany the photos. The project encourages students to develop critical thought through an artistic perspective around reconciliation in Canada

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

Location

City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Time

Noon

Tickets/RSVP

This is an open public event and is free to attend.

For more information contact the Indigenous Relation Office.

Saturday, June 3

Mass Blanket Exercise

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To mark 2 years since the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action, let's fill The Federal Plaza at the Alberta Legislature with over 500 people learning together!

RISE is hosting a mass Blanket Exercise, an interactive learning opportunity to share Canada's history from an Indigenous perspective. The event also coincided with the end of Reconciliation Week in Edmonton and takes place on #100in1DayYEG.

Everyone and anyone is encouraged to attend. Participants are encouraged to bring a new or gently used blanket with them that will be donated to Edmontonians who need it most.

Location

Federal Building Plaza, Legislature Grounds

Time

1-3pm

Tickets/RSVP

Eventbrite

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For more information, contact RISEdm@telus.net.

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
Email indigenousrelations@edmonton.ca

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