LIRR – Digest May 22, 2015

Hello friends on the journey of reconciliation,

Only one more week before people begin gathering in Ottawa for the KAIROS Intergenerational gathering “Time for Reconciliation” and all the activities associated with the closing of the TRC, and the delivery of the summary of its final report .  I sense growing anticipation across the country,  with so many parallel activities being planned.  Please see the attached outline of what portions of the TRC program will be live webcast, and below, you will see some details of 4 out of 7 programs in the cities where the national TRC events were held in the last 6 years. Watch for updates for the next week, as I will be in Ottawa from May 27 to June 4.


KAIROS staff and partners challenge us to recognize where and how reconciliation can and is happening.


In each of the seven sites of national TRC events,  there will be a gathering on June 2 to mark the close of the TRC, and listen to and reflect upon the TRC Final Report.

These are the four that I know about: (note that all times are local times)

Vancouver:  June 2 – 8 to 11 am at SFU Woodwards – Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema – 149 W. Hastings Street – live cast from Ottawa followed by esteemed panel.

For more details and order free tickets

Saskatoon:  June 2 – 7 am to 4 pm at Victoria Park.  More details at

Winnipeg:    June 2 –  8:30 am the National Day of Healing and Reconciliation will begin with a ceremony at the University of Winnipeg.

A live broadcast of the TRC Commissioner’s Final Report will start at 10 AM and be followed by a sharing panel.

Then everyone will partake in a Walk for Reconciliation to Circle of Life Thunderbird House where participants will feast and share together.

All are invited to participate in this walk for reconciliation.

Edmonton:   June 2 – 7:30 am (?) to noon at City Hall, and at the University of Alberta

MORE VIDEOS: Invitation to Walk May 31, Forgiveness Summit, AFN “Moment of Reckoning

On May 18, Archbishop Prendergast sent an invitation to the Archdiocese of Ottawa to join the “Canadian Journey in Restorative Justice” and the Walk for Reconciliation on May 31. This link takes you to a page with three videos.

1)   Why take part in the Walk for Reconciliation,

2)   Summarizes the Forgiveness Summit in 2010

3)   “Moment of Reckoning: Turning the Page on a Dark Chapter in our Shared History “produced by the AFN and is an excellent educational resource, featuring former AFN National Chiefs Phil Fontaine and Shawn Atleo. (also found directly at )


A 22-minute video “Canadian Timeline” in relation to colonization begins in 1491 with a map of the traditional territories, and gives a succinct timeline of wars, treaties, reports, acts, apologies, etc.  until 2010 when the TRC began hearings.  It was developed as an ‘orientation’ video for the Cariboo Chilcotin school district 27 in BC.


Cathedral Village Arts Festival
Friday, May 22, 8:30pm – 9:30pm at  Artesian On 13th, 2627 13th Avenue, Regina, SK

Time for Reconciliation: An evening of film and spirit Saturday June 6 at 7:30 pm, Luther College, University of Regina Auditorium

The evening features RIIS from Amnesia, a documentary film that explores the legacy of the Regina Indian Industrial School.  The film is made possible through funding by the United Church of Canada.  This is a great opportunity for aboriginal and non-aboriginal people to gather together as a sign of hope and healing.   Reception and optional sharing circle to follow. No charge and free parking.  Jointly hosted by First Presbyterian and Knox-Metropolitan United church to mark the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.  For more details contact:  Mary Jesse

For a detailed history of the school and more on the project, see


Sara Anderson, KAIROS Education Associate explains how the Blanket Exercise helps us ‘unlearn Canada’s history’ and ‘create common memory.’

In the words of Georges Erasmus, Dene Nation, co-chair of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples:
“Where common memory is lacking, where people do not share in the same past, there can be no real community.  Where community is to be formed, common memory must be created.”

The Blanket Exercise will be offered 8 times on June 1, with a mass one on Parliament Hill in the evening.   You can organize this for your community too.


During March 2-6, 2015 in Medicine Hat, the focus was on healing and helping residential school survivors, and on creating understanding in the community of the impacts of IRS. To see the Proclamation and to read a story of the role Miywasin Society played in hosting the Week.

In peace,
Cecile Fausak
Liaison Minister: Residential Schools
General Council Office: Committee on Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools
780-676-0562 (office cell)
780-675-7753 (Athabasca, AB home office)




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