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Program - Day Two Monday June 1, 2015


Subject to change.

8:30AM - 9:30AM Grand Entry, Opening Prayer, Welcome and Induction of Honorary Witnesses

Among the Honorary Witnesses to be inducted, are Joseph Boyden, Author; Her Excellency Sharon Johnston; Clara Hughes, Canadian Olympian; Sylvia Smith, Project of Heart; Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux; Canadians for a New Partnership (represented by Stephen Kakfwi) and the Honourable Justice Louise Arbour (in absentia).
Delta Ottawa - Ballroom
9:00AM - 2:30PM Education Day

We still have a lot to teach our children and our country about Truth and Reconciliation. Almost two thousand school children from grades four to twelve from the National Capital Region around the Ottawa-Gatineau region will take part in Education Day at the EY Centre on Uplands Drive. They will learn more about what it was like to be a residential school student, and understand the journey former students have undertaken in order to heal.

For pre-registered school groups only

EY Centre
9:00AM - 4:00PM Walking with our Sisters Memorial for Survivors of Residential Schools

A commemorative Art Installation for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada, Sometimes called “vamps,” “tongues” or “uppers,” the tops of moccasins are intentionally not sewn into moccasins, and represent the unfinished lives of murdered of missing Indigenous women, exhibited on a pathway to represent their path or journey that was ended prematurely. This installation is a memorial of children's and babies' vamps in memory of, and to honour, the children who never returned home from Residential Schools. Together the installation represents all these women; paying respect to their lives and existence on this earth. They are not forgotten. They are sisters, mothers, aunties, daughters, cousins, grandmothers, wives and partners. They have been cared for, they have been loved, they are missing and they are not forgotten.
Delta Ottawa - Cartier Room
9:00AM - Noon Sharing Circle with Survivor Committee Members

Facilitated by members of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Indian Residential School Survivors Committee, Sharing Circles enable Survivors, their family members, former staff and anyone else affected by the residential schools to share their truth with others in a public setting.

Delta Ottawa - Pinnacle and Panorama Rooms
9:00AM - 5:00PM Private Statement Gathering

Those wishing to share their experiences with the TRC in a private and confidential setting can do so. The Private Statement Gathering Area has individual rooms where private statements may be video or audio recorded. Health Supports will be available.

Delta Ottawa - Penthouse Level

(Registration on Penthouse Level Foyer)
9:00AM - 5:00PM Learning Place

Many organizations who have had important roles in the Truth and Reconciliation journey will have information booths for those who wish to learn more about how these organizations contributed.

Delta Ottawa - Lobby
9:00AM - 5:00PM Archival Displays

There will be displays from churches, from Federal National Research and Analysis, AANDC; Library and Archives Canada; Information on Schools; the IRS Adjudication Secretariat; KAIROS Canada; the Mennonite Central Committee; the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Delta Ottawa-Richelieu Room
9:00AM - 10:30AM KAIROS Blanket Exercise Delta Ottawa - Frontenac Room
10:30AM - Noon KAIROS Blanket Exercise

The Blanket Exercise is KAIROS' most popular teaching tool. It is experiential, interactive, participatory, and incorporates popular education methodology. It teaches the history of Canada most people never learn - the history from the perspective of Indigenous peoples. Blankets representing Turtle Island are placed on the floor. Participants are asked to step on the blankets to represent the First Nations, Inuit and later Metis peoples. One or more participants are asked to play the role of the European(s). Participants respond to cues in a script read by the facilitator (s). Some participants are asked to step off the blankets for various reasons. The blankets are slowly folded into small bundles to represent the loss of land.

Delta Ottawa - Frontenac Room
10:30AM - Noon Actions of Reconciliation Delta Ottawa - Ballroom
Noon Update on Day Shools Litigation

Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc and Sechelt Nations provide an update on the Day Scholar legal process. Both Tk’emlups and Sechelt Indian Bands were sites of Indian residential schools that were included by the federal government on the prescribed approved list of schools under the IRSSA. However, children who attended these residential schools during the day and went home in the evenings–referred to as day scholars–were not eligible for Common Experience Payments, unlike their residential school counterparts.

The class action filed by Tk’emlups and Sechelt bands names three classes: day scholar survivors, descendants of day scholar survivors, and the bands.

Delta Ottawa - Ballroom
1:00PM - 2:30PM Pike Head Teachings Delta Ottawa - Frontenac Room
1:00PM - 2:45PM Panel: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Justice, Reconciliation and Hope

Introduction: Commissioner Wilton Littlechild

Moderator: Jennifer Preston, Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers)


Grand Chief Edward John, Hereditary Chief of Tl’aztem First Nation, Executive member First Nations Summit, Member of UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Honorary Witness

Ellen Gabriel, Vice President, Kontinónhstats - Mohawk Language Custodians Association David Langtry, Deputy Commissioner, Canadian Human Rights Commission, Honorary Witness

Paul Joffe, International human rights lawyer

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is described as “the most important statement of Indigenous rights ever formulated.” It was adopted in 2007 after 2 decades of negotiations. Canada formally endorsed the Declaration in 2010. In his 2014 Report on Canada, former UN Special Rapporteur James Anaya concluded that the Declaration “provides a common framework within which the issues faced by indigenous peoples … can be addressed.”

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has stated that the Declaration “sets out a framework on which States can build or rebuild their relationships with indigenous peoples. … It provides a momentous opportunity for States and indigenous peoples to strengthen their relationships, promote reconciliation and ensure that the past is not repeated.”

This panel will explore the UN Declaration as a tool for Reconciliation. Panelists include Indigenous leaders and legal experts in the field of human rights.

Presented by the Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Delta Ottawa - Ballroom
2:00PM - 5:00PM Sharing Circle with Survivor Committee Members Delta Ottawa - Pinnacle and Panorama Rooms
3:15 - 4:30PM Inspiring Reconciliaction: Creating a New Way Forward.

Creating a New Way Forward is an opportunity for young adult leaders and community members in Ottawa to join Survivors, Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians on our shared journey toward reconciliation. With the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Reconciliation Canada has committed to provide opportunity for all peoples to explore reconciliation for themselves, for their families, communities and Nations.

Panelists: Chief Dr. Robert Joseph; Jessica Bolduc; Mary Simon; Bob Watts; Todd Khozein

Presented by: Reconciliation Canada
Delta Ottawa - Ballroom


Childhood Paintings from the Alberni Indian Residential School: A story of return and reconciliation.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s children at the Alberni Indian Residential School created brilliantly colourful paintings as part of extra curricular art classes. The paintings detail cultural objects, places of home, relatives, and friends. They were carefully saved by the children's art teacher for almost 50 years. Now these paintings have been returned to the Survivors who created them, and their families. Come and witness the incredible story of the repatriation of these childhood paintings as told by the Survivors themselves, and the role their art has played in both truth telling and reconciliation.

Original paintings will be on display at this event and Survivors will be available to speak about their work and experiences.
Douglas Cardinal Room
Museum of History
Gatineau, QC

Doors open

7:30 Start

Reconciliation Through the Arts - Royal Winnipeg Ballet brief performance of 'Going Home Star' followed by a discussion panel (By invitation)

Commissioned by Artistic Director André Lewis, Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation explores the world of Annie, a young, urban First Nations woman adrift in a contemporary life of youthful excess. But when she meets Gordon, a longhaired trickster disguised as a homeless man, she’s propelled into a world she’s always sensed but never seen. Not only do they travel the streets of this place but also the roads of their ancestors, learning to accept the other’s burdens as the two walk through the past and toward the future. Together, both Annie and Gordon learn that without truth, there is no reconciliation.
The Studio -
National Arts Centre
7:00PM - 8:30PM Play: The Voice of Silence (La voix du silence)

The play “Voice of Silence” was created from testimonies of the Collection of stories from the lives of survivors of the Indian boarding schools of Quebec and was carried out within the framework of the CitizenProject- the Circle of Confidence.  It is a tribute to the voices that fell silent, to the murmurs that do not have the strength of words, to the cries that have no ears to hear them, to the songs that liberate. A tribute to the childhoods shattered by the boarding schools.These voices are echoes of so many other voices.

Marion Dewar Plaza