TOWARDS TRUTH - free events commemorating Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
 
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.
 
 
Read on for program details below, or download the program details here.  
Free tickets can be reserved here
    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:  https://bit.ly/3A9EG0U
     
    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 World 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, rcog.iacomm@gmail.com to request a free copy, while quantities last.