Thompson Rivers University

TRU supports Truth & Reconciliation

  Posted on: September 12, 2013

Thompson Rivers University will mark the Sept 16 – 22 Truth & Reconciliation week in British Columbia with stories from survivors, educators, and students who directly or indirectly experienced Canadian Indian Residential Schools.

Organized by the Aboriginal Education Department, the Truth & Reconciliation event is Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 9:45 am until 2:15 pm and all are welcome. Faculty and Students are encouraged to find out more about residential schools and create opportunities in their classes for awareness building around the issues and engage in reconciliation activities. There will also be opportunities for students, faculty and staff to express their thoughts about residential school reconciliation actions through words or artistic expression on “blankets” at various locations on campus.

“Knowing the truth of our history is essential to reconciling what has happened to the Aboriginal peoples and to establishing new relationships and building a brighter future,” said Alan Shaver, TRU President and Vice-Chancellor.

“We are hoping this event will make our community aware of the unspoken – and unwritten – chapter of Canada’s past,” said Nathan Matthew, Executive Director, TRU Aboriginal Education.  “But it’s also a celebration of the resiliency of Aboriginal peoples during those bleak times.”

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 in the Irving K. Barber Centre, Brown Family House of Learning

Schedule of Events

9:45 am Welcome

10:00 am TRU Law video on Kamloops Truth and Reconciliation

10:20 am Speakers and discussion

Past – Jimmie Jack, Elder

Present – Patrick Walton, Faculty and TRU Students

Future – Justin Young, TRU Student

11:45 am Snacks

12:00 pm Blanket exercise-individual written expression on reconciliation

“Fallen Feather” documentary and discussion.  The documentary,

utilizing survivor testimonials and historic documents, explains

why residential schools were created and the long lasting negative

impact on First Nations people.

2:00 pm Closing

The public, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to drop by for the full day or for as much as their schedule allows.

For more information on TRU’s Truth & Reconciliation events, contact Bernie Gilbert at