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Program - Day One
Sunday May 31, 2015


Subject to change.

(approx. 4:30AM)
Lighting of the Sacred Fire Ceremony
Grandfather Peter Decontie, with the Bear Nation Drum Group, Pikwakanagan. The ashes from all the sacred fires at past Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) National Events will be added to the Sacred Fire.

Victoria Island
11:15AM Walk for Reconciliation Stage Program

Setting the stage for the Walk For Reconciliation. Aboriginal, municipal and provincial dignitaries, residential school survivors, Truth and Reconciliation Commissioners rally support for the march to Victoria Island and onward to Ottawa City Hall.

École secondaire de l’Île

255 Saint-Rédempteur Street, Gatineau, QC

Noon Start of Walk for Reconciliation

Start of Walk for Reconciliation The Walk for Reconciliation begins, a marching to show solidarity with survivors of Indian Residential Schools and take a stand for better relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians. The walk will be led by two outstanding Canadians, Clara Hughes, six-time Olympic medalist in cycling and speed skating and the only athlete in history to win multiple medals in both Summer and Winter Games, and former NHL star hockey player Joé Juneau—who has done outstanding work in Aboriginal communities in Quebec’s far north and is an honorary witness to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

École secondaire de l’Île

255 Saint-Rédempteur Street, Gatineau, QC

12:30PM (approximate) Start of Walk for Reconciliation Short Route

Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner greets walkers (for those who want to walk the shorter route) on the Portage Bridge near Victoria Island.

Please refer to map provided

Victoria Island
1:30PM Walk for Reconciliation

Walkers are greeted by City of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson; Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne; Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, Survivor, Honorary Witness and Reconciliation Canada Ambassador, and tThe Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner, Chair
Marion Dewar Plaza

110 Laurier Ave. West
Ottawa, ON
1:00PM - 5:00PM Stage Program and Entertainment

An afternoon of stellar Canadian Aboriginal music, with superb guests such as Ottawa-based Métis singer-songwriter Amanda Rheaume, Inuk singer Elisapie Issac, and the husband-and-wife songwriting and performing team, Digging Roots
Marion Dewar Plaza

110 Laurier Ave. West
Ottawa, ON
7PM Film Screening and Discussion Panel

Viewing of the film “Trick or Treaty” by Alanis Obomsawin, followed by a panel discussion led by Truth and Reconciliation Commission Marie Wilson, featuring Honorary Witness Alanis Obomsawin

National Gallery of Canada