The federal government has established September 30 as National Truth and Reconciliation Day. In recognition of this, TWU is hosting a Community Day of Learning on September 30 from 9:00am-4:00pm at the Langley campus. This event will help us all foster greater knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures, and to take time to reflect on the history and legacy of Indian residential schools.
The day’s events will begin with Stó:ló protocol and ceremony, “Open the Circle for Truth Telling,” which will feature a panel of Indigenous speakers. There will be a number of educational activities in the afternoon, including:
- Blanket Exercise – an interactive historical learning opportunity
- Focus groups to study TRC Calls to Actions
- Workshop on First Peoples Principles of Learning
- Workshop on Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being in Research
- Workshop on the Indian Act and the UNDRIP
- Tea with Elders
- Movies – Indian Horse, and We Were Children
To provide the opportunity for all of us to participate, ACTS Seminaries has cancelled all morning and afternoon classes and will close the ACTS office for the day. Evening classes will continue as scheduled. All attendees are invited to wear orange to show respect for indigenous history.
More information can be found on the TWU website. The opening and closing ceremonies will be live-streamed. If you plan to attend in person, please register to confirm your participation. I trust this will be a meaningful step on the journey towards truth and reconciliation.