Truth and Reconciliation Week

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Truth and Reconciliation Week

Join Assiniboine Community College as we embark on a week of reflection and truth sharing. This 5-day event will touch on important themes including the spirit and intent of treaties, the 94 Calls to Action, reconciliation in action, the residential school system, the importance of ceremony and celebration, and much more.

Included throughout the five days are opening/closing ceremonies, a speaker series, conversations with Elders, and a moment of observed silence in support of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Details and links to other community-wide events in support of Truth and Reconciliation week can be found at brandon.ca

Monday, September 27

Opening/Pipe Ceremony | Sunrise

When: Sunrise
Where: Fusion Credit Union Stage: Riverbank Discovery Centre
Description: We begin the week with a pipe ceremony and by raising an orange flag in a demonstration of support for families and survivors of Indian residential schools. A ceremonial fire will be lit to commemorate the week.

Speaker Series: Spirit and Intent of Treaties/ Treaty 2 – Reflecting on 150 years | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: ZOOM (registration required)
Facilitator: Allen Sutherland (White Spotted Horse)
Description: Allen Sutherland (White Spotted Horse), Anishinaabe from Skownan First Nation, will share truths regarding the original spirit and intent of Treaties, calling us to uphold the agreements that were made. He will reflect on the 150 years since the signing of treaty 2, and what the next 150 years should look like.

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Online Cultural Centre: Reconciliation through Dialogue | 2 to 4 p.m. (come and go format)

Anyone interested in an open dialogue of sharing and learning is welcome to join the virtual cultural centre. Elders will be in attendance.

When: 2 to 4 p.m. (come and go format)
Where: ZOOM (Passcode is 750217)

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Tuesday, September 28

Speaker Series: From Reconciliation to ReconciliACTION | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: ZOOM (registration required)
Facilitator: Renée McGurry
Description: Renée McGurry (Anishinaabe from Pinaymootang) will introduce participants to relevant terminology, a look back at residential schools, discuss the cultural competency continuum, the TRC calls to action, allyship, and the Pledge of Reconciliation.

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Online Cultural Centre: Reconciliation through Dialogue | 2 to 4 p.m.

Anyone interested in an open dialogue of sharing and learning is welcome to join the virtual cultural centre. Elders will be in attendance.

When: 2 to 4 p.m. (come and go format)
Where: ZOOM (Passcode is 750217)

Click here to join

Wednesday, September 29

ACC Orange Shirt Day & Moment of Silence | 2:15 p.m.

We ask that staff and students wear orange shirts to recognize and reaffirm that every child matters.

At 2:15 p.m., the College will observe a 1-minute moment of silence in recognition of the unmarked graves unearthed at the Kamloops residential school, the truths to follow, and in support of survivors and their families.

Speaker Series: Inclusion of Indigenous worldviews and perspectives in curriculum | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: ZOOM
Facilitator: Steven Greyeyes
Description: Steven Greyeyes (British and Cree from Muskeg Cree Nation) is a skilled and entertaining presenter whose experience as a teacher has given him an opportunity to infuse Indigenous perspectives into curriculum, while contributing to Indigenous inclusion policies in Manitoba schools.

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Online Cultural Centre: Reconciliation through Dialogue | 2 to 4 p.m. (come and go format)

Anyone interested in an open dialogue of sharing and learning is welcome to join the virtual cultural centre. Elders will be in attendance.

When: 2 to 4 p.m. (come and go format)
Where: ZOOM (Passcode is 750217)

Click here to join

Story Telling and Sharing with Knowledge Keeper: Eugene Ross | 1:30 p.m. | 2:30 p.m. | 3:30 p.m.

When: 1:30 p.m. | 2:30 p.m. | 3:30 p.m.
Where: Tipi by South Entrance | Victoria Avenue East campus
Description: Elder Eugene Ross will hold three, 1-hour sessions of storytelling and truth sharing.

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Thursday, September 30

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The college will be closed to the public and classes will not be running. We ask that you use this time to reflect on what you can do to move forward in the spirit of reconciliation. Community-wide events will be held throughout the day at the Riverbank Discovery Centre. Details on these activities can be found at brandon.ca.

Friday, October 1

Speaker Series: Historical and Contemporary Issues | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: ZOOM
Facilitator: Marlene Gallagher
Description: Marlene is an Anishinaabe Ikwe from Sagkeeng First Nation and an Indian residential school survivor. She will provide a detailed overview of historical and contemporary issues related to Indigenous people and reconciliation, especially in Manitoba.

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Speaker Series: Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls | 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

When: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Where: ZOOM
Facilitator: Alexis Cinq-Mars
Description: Alexis Cinq-Mars (Indigenous Student Peer mentor) is a passionate advocate for First Nation, Metis and Inuit women. She will be presenting on the truths around missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

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Closing Ceremony | 2 p.m.

When: 2 p.m.
Where: Fusion Credit Union Stage, Riverbank Discovery Centre
Description: We close out the week with a gathering, song and words from Elders. All are welcome.