What is happening in Guelph to mark the first National Truth and Reconciliation Day? | The Canadian News

The City of Guelph and the Rotary Club of Guelph Indigenous Awareness Committee have organized a series of free events to coincide with September 30, which marks the first National Truth and Reconciliation Day.

TOWARDS TRUTH will include guest speakers and films along with activities, installations and exhibits at the Guelph Civic Museum.

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Kicks off September 27 with a speech at the River Run Center at 7 pm.

Ava Hill, former head-elect of the Elected Council of the Six Nations, will speak about the residential school and its continuing effect on indigenous peoples. Phil Monture, President of Nativelands Ltd., will speak on treaties and land claims. Survivors of the residential schools, Roberta Hill and Dawn Hill, will also share their lived experiences.

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Between September 30 and October 3, three films will be screened twice each at the Bookshelf Cinema on Quebec Street.

The Rotary Club has printed 500 copies of the book. Towards the braiding with financial support from the City of Guelph.

The books are available to any organization or individuals who wish to learn more and help with diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, especially with the indigenous community, the clubs said.

The Guelph Civic Museum will present Anishinaabe Oral Tradition with Rene Andre Meshake on September 30 at 2 pm, featuring stories and music.

Also on display is an art installation by Métis artist Tracey-Mae Chambers. The exterior portion is available until October 24, while the interior portion will remain on display until February 27.

Both are free for the public to view.

A new exhibition at the museum will open to the public on September 28 that focuses on the First People in the land now called Guelph.

You can find more information about all the events in the Rotary Club of Guelph website.


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The University of Guelph also announced that a ceremony led by indigenous elders will be held on September 30 in Johnston Green.

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The event is open to the U of G community. People are welcome to stop by from noon to 2 pm and are encouraged to wear orange clothing.

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The House of Commons unanimously supported legislation in June granting the legal holiday of September 30 to all federal employees and workers in federally regulated workplaces.

National Truth and Reconciliation Day will not be considered a provincial holiday this year.

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