Truth and Reconciliation

An exhibit from the third floor of B.C. Royal Museum is pictured in Victoria, Wednesday, December 29, 2021. The museum announced that it will be closing the third floor including parts of the First Peoples Gallery in an effort to decolonize the institution. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Canadian Museums Association recommends 10 ways to decolonize heritage sector

Report presents ways to give Indigenous Peoples authority over how they are represented

 

People take part in a march to mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Montreal, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. While Canada prepares to honour the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the majority of provinces and territories have not followed the federal government’s decision to make it an official statutory holiday for its workers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

‘We shouldn’t have to push people’: Most provinces have not made Sept. 30 a stat

New Brunswick has joined PEI as the latest to declare Sept. 30 a provincial holiday

 

Gloria Morgan (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

‘So much work to do’ to continue healing for North Okanagan residential school survivor

Each August, Indigenous children were rounded up and taken back to residential school

Gloria Morgan (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)
Hundreds of Chilliwack secondary students and teachers took part in their school’s Reconciliation Walk in 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Truth and Reconciliation Day: Education should be the priority, says B.C. Indigenous leader

Between 1831 and 1998, more than 150,000 children were thrust into Indian Residential Schools

Hundreds of Chilliwack secondary students and teachers took part in their school’s Reconciliation Walk in 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
The Senate of Canada building and Senate Chamber are pictured in Ottawa on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Dr. Meghan Beals says she wants Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to resemble Remembrance Day. CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Young Indigenous leaders speak on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at Senate

Senators examining federal government’s responsibilities to First Nations, Inuit and Métis people

The Senate of Canada building and Senate Chamber are pictured in Ottawa on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Dr. Meghan Beals says she wants Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to resemble Remembrance Day. CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Hundreds gathered to walk from the Peach to the Okanagan Nation’s Residential School Survivor Memorial in Penticton to mark the first Truth and Reconciliation Day in September 2021. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Here’s how Penticton plans on recognizing National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The day includes a Walk for the Children and a celebration of culture at Gyro Park

Hundreds gathered to walk from the Peach to the Okanagan Nation’s Residential School Survivor Memorial in Penticton to mark the first Truth and Reconciliation Day in September 2021. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie spoke to a large crowd of Penticton Rotarians about the path forward in truth and reconciliation and what he’d like to see to strengthen First Nation communities. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Louie speaks to Penticton Rotarians on Truth and Reconciliation

Clarence Louie spoke about injustices and the path forward to building their communities

Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie spoke to a large crowd of Penticton Rotarians about the path forward in truth and reconciliation and what he’d like to see to strengthen First Nation communities. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
L-R: Chief Randy Ermineskin, Chief Wilton Littlechild and Chief Vernon Saddleback. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

Alberta First Nations anticipate Pope’s visit to bring healing, closure

Preparations beginning, including how to support survivors dealing with re-opened traumas

L-R: Chief Randy Ermineskin, Chief Wilton Littlechild and Chief Vernon Saddleback. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
Tk'emlups te Secwepemc Kukpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir speaks during a news conference ahead of a ceremony to honour residential school survivors and mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, in Kamloops, on Sept. 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Ceremony planned for anniversary of Kamloops 215 discovery

May 23 marks one-year since discovery of mass graves at former residential school

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Tk'emlups te Secwepemc Kukpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir speaks during a news conference ahead of a ceremony to honour residential school survivors and mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, in Kamloops, on Sept. 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A mural in Summerland with a Truth and Reconciliation message has been vandalized. The damage was discovered on May 10. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Reconciliation mural defacement a display of ‘hate against Indigenous people’: Summerland Mayor

Mural at Summerland Secondary School had a Truth and Reconciliation message

A mural in Summerland with a Truth and Reconciliation message has been vandalized. The damage was discovered on May 10. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
On May 10, a Summerland mural with a Truth and Reconciliation message was defaced by vandals. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland reconciliation mural vandalized

Mural at Summerland Secondary School had a Truth and Reconciliation message

On May 10, a Summerland mural with a Truth and Reconciliation message was defaced by vandals. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Chilliwack Secondary teacher Rick Joe and Grade 9 student Geralee George in front of the vandalized orange hearts display near the entrance. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Vandalized orange hearts at Chilliwack high school show we’re ‘still a long ways away’

Some hearts torched, some snapped in two, while others were ripped clean off the fence

Chilliwack Secondary teacher Rick Joe and Grade 9 student Geralee George in front of the vandalized orange hearts display near the entrance. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)
Members of the Okanagan Nation Alliance at the 2021 Okanagan Nation Alliance annual general assembly. (Okanagan Nation Alliance/Facebook)

Okanagan Nation Alliance fighting for justice following Pope’s apology

Syilx chiefs say apologies and empty words will never heal the pain

  • Apr 3, 2022
Members of the Okanagan Nation Alliance at the 2021 Okanagan Nation Alliance annual general assembly. (Okanagan Nation Alliance/Facebook)
The Museum and Archives of Vernon presents Doctrine of Discovery, a virtual session that peers in to the history of a decree by Pope Alexander VI that had devastating effects on Indigenous Peoples. The session will be held Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022 at 7 p.m. (MAV photo)

Online Vernon museum series explores truth and reconciliation

Learn + Connect: Toward Truth & Reconciliation kicks off Jan. 20

The Museum and Archives of Vernon presents Doctrine of Discovery, a virtual session that peers in to the history of a decree by Pope Alexander VI that had devastating effects on Indigenous Peoples. The session will be held Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022 at 7 p.m. (MAV photo)
Co-founders of the Victoria chapter of Orange Shirt Day Eddy Charlie and Kristin Spray stand with a framed orange shirt featuring a design by Indigenous artist Bear Horne and a quote from Charlie. This shirt is on display in the B.C. legislature following a presentation ceremony on Oct. 27. (Photo courtesy of Kristin Spray)

Framed orange shirt in B.C. legislature Hall of Honour culminates two years of work

Residential school survivor Eddy Charlie hopes display promotes healing, honest discussion

Co-founders of the Victoria chapter of Orange Shirt Day Eddy Charlie and Kristin Spray stand with a framed orange shirt featuring a design by Indigenous artist Bear Horne and a quote from Charlie. This shirt is on display in the B.C. legislature following a presentation ceremony on Oct. 27. (Photo courtesy of Kristin Spray)
Passers-by stop to take a photo of the grave of former Canadian prime minister Mackenzie King in Toronto’s Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Friday, October 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Federal officials rethink wording of markers at gravesites of past prime ministers

Plaques are being rethought specifically in light of historical mistreatment of Indigenous Peoples

Passers-by stop to take a photo of the grave of former Canadian prime minister Mackenzie King in Toronto’s Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Friday, October 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

‘An added insult’: Tk’emlúps slam Trudeau for not responding to Truth and Reconciliation invites

Prime minister travelled to Tofino on Sept. 30 and did not attend any ceremonies

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Students and staff from Boston Bar Elementary Secondary School march during the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. (Photo/Balan Moorthy)

EDITORIAL: One day is not enough to bring changes

On Thursday, Sept. 30, many Canadians wore orange shirts for the country’s…

  • Oct 7, 2021
Students and staff from Boston Bar Elementary Secondary School march during the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. (Photo/Balan Moorthy)
Revered Neskonlith Elder Mary Thomas is one of several people featured in the 2007 documentary, Fallen Feather, outlining the history of residential schools in Canada. She died the year the film was completed. (Contributed)

2007 film on residential schools includes Neskonlith Elder’s memories from Kamloops

Co-producer of Fallen Feather says it is too bad it took so long for message to be heard

Revered Neskonlith Elder Mary Thomas is one of several people featured in the 2007 documentary, Fallen Feather, outlining the history of residential schools in Canada. She died the year the film was completed. (Contributed)
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