Truth & Reconciliation Week 2017

    Monday, September 18, 2017 to Friday, September 22, 2017

    Campus: North Vancouver
    Location: All campus
    Contact: David Kirk
    Email: dkirk@capilanou.ca
    Phone: 604.984.1762

    As part of its commitment to aboriginal learners and the indigenization of its academic programming, Capilano University is commemorating Truth and Reconciliation Week on campus from September 18 to 22. Truth and Reconciliation week strives to raise awareness; educate and inform the community about the historical significance of Residential school survivors by honouring and acknowledging the past.


    Monday, September 18
    10:00 a.m. | Birch building, room 126
    Elder welcome & blessing

    Everyone welcome.

    11:00 a.m.
    Campus-wide moment of reflection.

    1:00 – 2:30 p.m.  | Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre (Library building, room 196)  
    Blanket Exercise
    This interactive learning experience shares the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, open to everyone.

    Tuesday, Sept. 19
    8:30 – 11:30 a.m. | Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre (Library building, room 196)
    The 8th Fire

    The CBC documentary Aboriginal Peoples, Canada and the Way Forward

    12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | Pavilion outside
    Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre (Library building, room 196)
    Drum circle with Elder Latash

    1:00 – 3:30 p.m. | Bosa Theatre
    River of Silence

    Writer and producer Petie Chalifoux’s film about a successful Indigenous woman and her husband, who must navigate the horror of their daughter going missing and found murdered.

    1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre (Library building, room 196)
    First Nations 101
    An open discussion facilitated by David Kirk where you can ask any questions you may have.

    Wednesday, September 20
    10:00 – 11:30 a.m. | Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre (Library building, room 196)
    Blanket Exercise
    This interactive learning experience shares the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, open to everyone.

    1:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Bosa Theatre
    Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian

    In this feature-length documentary, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining and insightful look at the portrayal of North American Indigenous people throughout a century of cinema.

    1:30 – 3:00 p.m. | Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre (LB 196)
    Talking Circle

    Reflection and sharing on the recommendations of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission report, with Joel Cardinal and Clay Little.

    5:00 – 7:30 p.m. | Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre (LB 196)
    Writers’ Feast Potluck

    Readings by Hossein Amiri, David Geary, Dorothy Trujillo Lusk, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, Madeline Terbasket, Russell Wallace, Yvonne Wallace.

    Thursday, September 21
    9:00 – 11:00 a.m. | Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre (Library building, room 196)
    The 8th Fire
    The CBC documentary Aboriginal Peoples, Canada and the Way Forward.

    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Library building, room 188
    Chatlive: Cultural Appropriation

    A discussion facilitated by David Kirk and Clay Little

    1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre (Library building, room 196)
    Truth, Reconciliation, Law, and Politics

    A presentation by Elder Latash and Tim Schouls.

    4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    Guided campus walk with Elder Latash

    A sharing of the history of traditional lands; meet at Kéxwusm-áyakn.

    Friday, September 22
    Noon | Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre (Library building, room 196)
    Truth and Reconciliation

    Potluck and gathering.

    1:30 – 3:00 p.m. | BlueShore Theatre
    Keynote Address
    Squamish Chief Ian Campbell

    Doors open at 1:00 p.m., Chief Campbell’s address will be followed by a question and answer session.