National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
In honour of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Medicine Hat College (MHC), Miywasin Friendship Centre and the Firekeepers Women’s Society, are hosting their second annual community event to recognize the historical and ongoing impact of residential schools on Indigenous peoples in Canada.
“National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was created to honor our residential school survivors and to remember the children that never made it home,” says Nicki Eastly, student services specialist for MHC’s Indigenous engagement and student supports. “This day and these events help everyone to acknowledge the trauma and pain that have been caused, but also put an emphasis on the opportunity for change. It can also be a reminder of how far we have come and the work still needing to be done.”
The public, outdoor event will be held from 2 – 4 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 30 at the Medicine Hat campus. It will include a walk* for reconciliation, story sharing led by Indigenous Elders, a blanket ceremony, honour song, and round dance.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, dress in casual attire, and wear an orange shirt in solidarity with Orange Shirt Day, recognized on the same day. The event will be located outside of MHC’s front entrance, parking will be free, and restrooms accessible inside the college facility.
Medicine Hat College is located at 299 College Drive SE.
*The full walk is 1.5km in length, but a shorter, alternate route will be available.