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Each of the seven flames in the circle of the
TRC's logo represents one of the Seven Sacred Teachings - Truth, Humility, Honesty, Wisdom, Respect, Courage and Love.


Sacred Fire and Sunrise Ceremonies – May 31 to June 3, 2015 on Victoria Island (no cameras please).

Statement Gathering – June 1-2, 2015 at the Delta Ottawa
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission wants to hear from everyone who has been affected by the Indian Residential Schools. That includes Survivors of the schools, their families, community members – anyone whose life has been affected by the schools or their legacy.

Honourary Witness Ceremony – June 1-2 at the Delta Ottawa
Honourary Witnesses are public figures who take on a special responsibility for sharing the TRC’s message of truth-telling and reconciliation. In fact, we are all invited to be witnesses – to listen carefully to the truths that are shared and to share them with those that we know when we return to our own homes and communities. New Honourary Witnesses will be inducted during the Ottawa Closing Event.

TRC Final Report – June 2, 2015 at the Delta Ottawa
TRC Commissioners will release their findings on Indian Residential Schools. Join in person at Delta Ottawa, or tune in via webcast for this historic event.

Walk for Reconciliation – May 31, 2015 from École secondaire de l'Île in Gatineau to Marion Dewar Plaza (Ottawa City Hall)
Join thousands of walkers on May 31, 2015 as we walk in solidarity with Survivors of Indian Residential Schools and take a stand for better relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians; relations built on respect, understanding and hope for a better future for all Canadians.

Sharing Circles with Survivor Committee – June 1-2, 2015 at the Delta Ottawa
Share your truth with others in a Sharing Circle facilitated by a member of the Indian Residential School Survivor Committee.

Actions of Reconciliation  June 1, 2015 at the Delta Ottawa
As the TRC mandate draws to an end, national organizations are invited to state their commitment to continued efforts towards reconciliation.

Learning Place – June 1-2, 2015 at the Delta Ottawa
Spend some time learning about the schools that Aboriginal children attended in Ontario, and about the effect this experience had on the lives of these children as they became adults. Have a conversation with someone who can tell you something you might not have known before.

Church Archives – June 1-2, 2015 at the Delta Ottawa
Look through historic photographs of students and schools, as well as other documents from the archives of the church entities that operated the Indian Residential Schools.

Film Screening – Evenings of May 31 and June 1, 2015 at the National Gallery. Filmmakers will be on hand for a brief discussion after the screening. Film titles to be confirmed very soon.

Honouring Memories - Planting Dreams – June 3, 2015 at Rideau Hall
Join children and youth from across the region of Ottawa as they team up with guests at Rideau Hall for an honouring ceremony and planting a Garden of Hearts in memory of children that went missing while at residential school.

As a legacy to the work of the TRC, the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society, KAIROS and Project of Heart, are inviting children and youth across the country to create a Garden of Heart in their region. Click here to find out more and to register your Garden of Hearts!

Education Day A full day of varied programming designed for elementary, junior high and high school students. This program occurs off-site. Pre-registration is required.