Williams Lake, British Columbia, 1956

 Credit: Canada. Dept. of Indian Affairs and Northern Development / Library and Archives Canada / PA-207641.

Native Residential School in Kamloops. New classroom building. Kamloops, British Columbia, ca. 1950.


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Program at a Glance
Friday, September 20

Download a copy of the program for the BC National Event (available soon).

Please note that the schedule below is tentative and subject to change.
All activities take place at the Pacific National Exhibition unless otherwise indicated.


6:30-8am Morning Prayers Sacred Fire Site
8:30-9am Commissioners Welcome, Induction of Honorary Witnesses Forum - Panel Area
9-10:30am Honorary Witness Talking Circle Forum - Panel Area
9-11am Sharing Circle Forum - Sharing Circle Area
9-10:30am Academic Talk Forum - Program Area
10:30-12:30pm Commissioners Sharing Panel Forum - Panel Area
11:30 - 12:30pm Film Screening: The Learning Path Forum - Program Area
12:30 - 2:30pm Sharing Circle Forum - Sharing Circle Area
1-1:30pm Expressions of Reconciliation Forum - Panel Area
1-3pm Reconciling Indigenous Healing and Health Leadership Forum - Program Area
1:30-3:30pm Commissioners Sharing Panel Forum - Panel Area
3-5pm Sharing Circle Forum - Sharing Circle Area
4-6pm Call to Gather: Honorary Witness Reflections and Expressions of Reconciliation Forum - Panel Area
4-6pm Film Screening - We Were Children Forum - Program Area
7-9pm Talent Night Forum - Panel Area
7:30-9:30pm Vancouver Giants Home-opener - Honouring Survivors Coliseum


8am- 5pm Survivor Registration Registration Tent
9am- 6pm Private Statement Gathering Rollerland
9am- 5pm Learning Place Agrodome
9am- 5pm Churches Listening Area Agrodome
9am- 5pm Displays and Artisans Agrodome


Honorary Witness Talking Circle

The TRC’s mandate calls for “ongoing reconciliation” involving survivors,
governments, churches and “the people of Canada”. Many prominent
citizens are taking up the challenge as TRC “Honorary Witnesses”. They
join Survivors and others to exchange personal experiences of facing and
sharing residential school truths. What ideas and actions can help move us
forward in reconciliation?

Begins: 9:30am
Location: Forum — Panel Area


Hidden Legacies

Film Outline (By Lisa Jackson). There will be a Q&A after the film.

Many Canadians know about Canada’s history with residential schools: the abuse, the cultural dislocation, the tearing apart of families. Hidden Legacies is a 20-minute documentary that dives into the ongoing effects of that painful history, in many cases revealing that the wounds of the grandparents and parents have scarred the generations that followed. But so often, these generations—who are the brighter future of these nations—are still suffering. Many keep this suffering inside, voiceless, or are learning to recognize the dysfunctional patterns in their lives—patterns that find their roots in this not-so-long ago history. It is a history mainstream Canada so often tells them they should be over by now: It’s been long enough hasn’t it? Isn’t it time to move on?