TOWARDS TRUTH - free events commemorating Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Ava Hill, Phil Monture, Roberta and Dawn Hill
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The City of Guelph and the Rotary Club of Guelph’s Indigenous Awareness Committee have put together a number of FREE events for the local community to learn more about Residential Schools and their impact. 
These events are happening close to September 30th to mark Canada’s first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, a new federal holiday.
For events organized by the Rotary Club of Guelph, read on for program details below, or download the program details here.  
Free tickets can be reserved here
ALSO NOTE THE EVENTS AT THE GUELPH CIVIC MUSEUM - story telling, art installation, exhibition. 
Details below.
    Friday, September 17, 2021 - Guest speaker at Rotary
    "The Power and Role of Education in Indigenous Reconciliation"
    At the club’s weekly meeting, the guest speaker will be Dr. Annette Trimbee, President of McEwan University in Edmonton, and previously President and Vice Chancellor at the University of Winnipeg. Influenced by her Métis grandmother, Dr. Trimbee grew up in a family of eight in Transcona, Manitoba. One of her proudest achievements is the development and approval of the Indigenous course requirement for all undergraduate students attending the University of Winnipeg, among the first of such programs in Canada.
    Rotary Club of Guelph members will receive the link by email, as usual.
    Guests may register here to obtain the zoom link:
    Monday, September 27, 2021 - Speaker Event
    TOWARDS TRUTH Speaker Event at the River Run Centre at 7pm featuring:
    • Ava Hill, past Elected Chief of Six Nations Elected Council, who will talk about Residential Schools and their continuing effect on Indigenous Peoples.
    • Phil Monture, President of Nativelands Ltd., who will speak about Treaties and Land Claims, sharing his extensive experience in this sometimes controversial and misunderstood topic.
    • Roberta Hill and Dawn Hill, Residential School survivors, who will share their lived  experiences.
    Register here for a free ticket.  
    A livestream link for this event will be also available and shown on our club’s website closer to the time.
    Between September 30 and October 3, 2021 - Films
    Three outstanding films TOWARDS TRUTH will each be shown two times at the Bookshelf Cinema.
    • Doctrine of Discovery (2019)  -  also available to watch online here, anytime - a must-watch documentary 
    • Beans - a teenager’s experience during the Oka crisis (2020)
    • The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019)
    Register here for film details, times and free tickets. 
    Free copy of the BOOK “Towards Braiding"
    As a community service, the Rotary Club of Guelph (with financial support from the City of Guelph) has printed 500 copies of this important book for organizations and individuals wanting to learn more and help with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, especially with the Indigenous community. 
    Contact B. Holmes, to request a free copy, while quantities last.
    Guelph Museums activities/installations/exhibits:
    Public Programming:
    Anishinaabe Oral Tradition with Rene Andre Meshake

    Free event, Thursday, September 30, 2 pm on the patio at Guelph Civic Museum. 
    Reserved seating required. Also will be recorded on Facebook Live
    Rene will present a combination of written and oral storytelling as well as accompanying music.
    Art Installation:
    #hopeandhealingcanada project created by Tracey-Mae Chambers.
    • A simultaneous interior and exterior experience at the Guelph Civic Museum
      • The artist is keen for the installation process to be visible to visitors, which she sees as important community engagement that informs how the installation takes shape and what it means to the local community (installation will take place from SEP 21-23)
      • The artist welcomes opportunities for media interviews, while she’s installing, so that they are witness to the creation process
    • Unveiling with launch of Culture Days – Friday, September 24
    • Exterior Display continues through Culture Days “month” – Friday, September 24 to Sunday, October 24
    • Interior Installation continues until Sunday, February 27
    A new display in Guelph Museums’ local history gallery centres the Original Peoples who have been on this land, now called Guelph, since time immemorial – including land relationship, treaty knowledge, and past and present-day perspectives. Open to the public from Tuesday, September 28.