The following information is provided here because a number of people will be choosing to continue on from the AGM to the TRC events noted below.

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Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)

The 6-year Truth and Reconciliation Commission is coming to a close, May 31-June 3, 2015 in Ottawa.  There will be a number of TRC-sponsored events designed to both recognize and celebrate the life of the Commission and to launch the continuing work of building right relations into the future.

Sunday, May 31, 2015
Gathering Day will see a large public “walk for reconciliation” followed by keynote speakers and entertainment. The walk will begin at around 11:00 am and will wind through the City of Gatineau, past Victoria Island and the Parliament Buildings to end at Ottawa City Hall. It is hoped that up to 10,000 people will participate. An ecumenical service is being planned for later that day.

Monday, June 1, 2015
On Learning/Education Day, 1800 students from high schools in Gatineau and Ottawa will take part in workshops led by Elders and former students on Aboriginal history and culture including the Indian residential school system.  There will also be a number of other workshops, films and displays available to the public.  For those outside Ottawa, it is hoped that complementary and parallel learning opportunities can be organized using the resource materials on the United Church, TRC and KAIROS websites. The TRC website will have suggestions those wanting to plan events.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will be presented to the Parties to the Settlement Agreement and, through them, to the people of Canada during a public event at the Delta Hotel in downtown Ottawa. (Look for more details as they become available on the M&O Conference website.) We hope for a large public turnout for the presentation of the Report. This will be an opportunity for the public to acknowledge the work of the TRC and the significance of its report to the on-going healing of our country. It is vital that all Canadians know the contents of the Report and become active in responding to the “road map” for reconciliation contained in its recommendations.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
There will be closing ceremony at Rideau Hall, home of the Governor General of Canada, in the morning followed by a Children’s’ Gathering and a large public feast in the afternoon. More details will follow.

These activities, while bringing to a formal conclusion the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, represent the beginning for the rest of us.  It remains to all of us to continue to work of healing, reconciliation and relationship-building with our brothers and sisters, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal.