#7 – Circle of Reconciliation

The Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary hosted this event at Fort Calgary. We hosted this event in Calgary to acknowledge the first anniversary of the Apology and to give Calgarians a opportunity to participate in a Round Dance with Survivors and inter-generationally impacted survivors.

#6 – A humble beginning of Reconciliation

We met quite unexpectedly – she, an Inuit woman from Nunavut, in Ottawa for a training conference, I a white woman, in Ottawa to attend the Day of Reconciliation activities the next day. She requested a brochure that she couldn’t reach, and so we literally connected across a barrier between us. In retrospect, how [...]

#5 – Coffee with Marie Wadden, author of “Where the Pavement Ends”

Marie Wadden and I met for coffee and we talked about an article in the Globe and Mail that day. It revealed that flights in and out of Garden Hill First Nation in Manitoba (which has been hit by the swine flu virus) have been departing full and returning empty. They leave with people [...]

#4 – Reconciliation, Toastmasters Club

On this first anniversary of the Prime Minister’s Apology, the Club’s theme for the week was Reconciliation. We had 4 speeches: 2 by First Nations people, one by a healer working with Residential School survivors, and one on Reconciliation and how to achieve it. The speeches were amazing and sparked much discussion among the [...]

#3 – College Class Conversation on Reconciliation Processes

Allan Ross, a teacher of Cree and Aboriginal Studies at Norquest College in Edmonton, made NDHR the focus for two of his classes on May 26, 2009. Alan invited Jack and Mary Jean Freebury, who have helped organize NDHR events in Edmonton for the past 8 years, to provide background information about NDHR including [...]

#2 – Circle of Reconciliation

In Calgary at Olympic Plaza we are hosting a round dance and drumming to acknowledge the Apology of the Government of Canada to Survivors.

Join Calgarians in Celebration of “The Circle of Reconciliation National Event”

June 11, 2009 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Fort Calgary – 750 – 9th Avenue SE, [...]

#1 – NDHR Sunrise Ceremony

May 26/09 5:30am

At the site of the old Pelican Falls residential school in Sioux Lookout, people gathered to begin the day with the sunrise ceremony and prayer. The pipe ceremony led by Charles Willams and Mervin of Lac Seul, prayers were said to support and encourage healing and reconciliation. Prayers were said for [...]