Ceremonies and Special Events - Open to Everyone

Event Map

5:20–6:00 am Lighting of Sacred Fire Ceremony Oodena Circle
9:00-10:00 am Pipe Ceremony and Four Direction Drum Calling Oodena Circle
10:15-11:20 am Opening Welcome with Commissioners Market Plaza
11:20 am–1:00 pm Reception for Survivors by Churches (lunch provided) Market Plaza
1:00-1:25 pm Ceremonial Walk to Commissioners’ Tent Market Plaza
1:30–3:30 pm Sharing Circle with Commissioners
Persons affected by Residential Schools share their experiences with Commissioners
Commissioner Tent
2:00-2:30 pm Releasing Tears Prayer Oodena Circle
4:00 pm
“Project of the Heart” Launch
Manitoba Theatre for Young People
4:00 pm–6:30 pm
“Older Than America” Film with Director
(limited ticket seats)
Winnipeg Art Gallery
5:00–6:00 pm Traditional Call to Gather Gathering tent
6:00–7:00 pm
“Where are the Children?” Exhibit Launch
Explore Manitoba theatre
7:00 pm–9:00 pm Sweat Lodge Ceremonies Whittier and Birds Hill Park
7:00 pm-10:30 pm Musical Performances; Buffy Sainte-Marie, Blue Rodeo and more
Scotia Bank Main

Statement Gathering will take place daily from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm at the Inn at the Forks

Ongoing Venues and Events

Open to Everyone (Open from 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm unless posted otherwise)

Learning Tent
History and Impacts of Residential Schools
Métis Tent
1:00-1:30 pm Grand opening with Fiddling
1:30-9:00 pm Métis Perspectives
Inuit Tent
Inuit Perspectives
6:00-8:00 pm Inuktitut Teachings
Health Canada Tents
Health Supports
Federal Welcome and Information Tent
Government Services Information, Rest Area
Artworks Tent
Showcase of Artistic Expression
Athletics Tent
Aboriginal Athletes and Indian Residential Schools
Interfaith Tent
3:30-4:45 pm Music and Prayer
6:00 pm-9:00 pm Hospitality and Music
Sharing Corner
4:00-9:00 pm Recording of Public Video Messages
Atrium at the Forks
5:00-9:00 pm “Where are the Children?” Exhibit
5:00-9:00 pm Artisans and Vendors

Truth and Reconciliation around the World
International Centre for Transitional Justice information

Activities and Services

Open to Survivors, their Family and Friends

Gathering Tent
6:00 am-8:00 pm Respite Care and Rest area
Inn at the Forks
9:00 am-8:00 pm Individual Statement Gathering
Listening Tent
3:00 pm-8:00 pm Discussion
Rekindling the Fire Tent
4:00 pm-8:00 pm Medicine Wheel Project Launch
Spirit Tent
4:00 pm-9:00 pm Traditional Teachings and Healing