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Program - Day Three Tuesday June 2, 2015


All activities take place at the Delta Ottawa unless otherwise indicated. Subject to change.

8:30AM -9:00AM Welcome and induction of Honorary Witnesses

Honorary Witnesses to be inducted, are Buffy Sainte-Marie, Singer (in absentia) and; Pablo de Greiff, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence.

Following the inductions, honorary witnesses will participate in a public, guided conversation, moderated by the Right Honourable Joe Clark, who will explore the importance, potential and promise of reconciliation as it relates to each of the Honorary Witness's respective fields.
Delta Ottawa - Ballroom
9:00AM - 10:45AM Honorary Witness Talking Circle Delta Ottawa - Ballroom
9:00AM – Noon Sharing Circle with Survivor Committee Members

Facilitated by members of the TRC Indian Residential School Survivors Committee (IRSSC), 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. Health Supports will be available.
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.

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. There will be displays from churches, information on Schools; the IRS Adjudication Secretariat; KAIROS Canada; the Mennonite Central Committee; the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
Delta Ottawa - Lobby
9:00AM – 5PM Archival Displays

National Research and Analysis, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

Library and Archives Canada – Information on Schools
Delta Ottawa - Richelieu Room
10:45 - 11:00AM Reconciliation Across Canada: an update from the Atlantic and Edmonton Delta Ottawa - Ballroom
11:00AM - 12:30PM Release of TRC findings on Indian Residential Schools

Official release of TRC findings also available by webcast.
Delta Ottawa - Ballroom
1:00PM - 2:30PM Response from Parties to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement

Official responses include statements from Phil Fontaine, (Survivors Response); Assembly of First Nations; ITK Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami; the Government of Canada; Canadian churches
Delta Ottawa - Ballroom
2:45PM - 3:00PM Reconciliation Across Canada: an update from Vancouver and Winnipeg Delta Ottawa - Ballroom
3:00PM - 4:30PM Accepting the Challenge—Reconciliation Going Forward

As the TRC winds down, other organizations will step up to lead us forward in reconciliation. The International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) will share with us the work it has been doing with youth.

We will also hear from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), the mandated national organization created out of a requirement of the TRC through the Settlement Agreement. The NCTR and its growing number of partners and stakeholders will present how it intends to move reconciliation forward and to support the implementation of TRC recommendations.
Delta Ottawa - Ballroom
7:00PM - 9:00PM Talent Night

An evening of performances by new and upcoming Aboriginal talent!
Marion Dewar Plaza
7:00PM - 9:30PM Film Screening and Discussion Panel “Older than America” by Georgina Lightning National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Dr. Ottawa, ON