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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

On September 30, 2021, SOURCES offices will be closed as we observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day commemorates the history and ongoing trauma caused by residential schools and honours those who were lost, the survivors, their families and communities.

SOURCES is committed to actively and continuously learning about and engaging in actions towards Truth and Reconciliation and Resurgence. We support our staff to take the University of Alberta’s Indigenous Canada course, available for free on Coursera, and recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada from an Indigenous perspective. Learn more

We recognize that celebrating the resiliency and resurgence of Indigenous culture is equally as important as commemorating the legacy of residential schools. In this sense we encourage community members to consider attending events related to Indigenous culture and resiliency listed below:

Connection to Kith and Kin Online
September 28, 2021 | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | Free Online Event

Knowing where we come from connects us to land and culture, and empowers us to make changes. At Connection to Kith and Kin Online, experts help Indigenous participants search online records for family documents.

Norma Dunning: Stories of the Unseen Inuit 

September 29, 2021 | 7:00-8:00 p.m. | Free Online Event

Join us for a conversation with Inuk writer and scholar Norma Dunning, about her new story collection, Tainna, centred on modern-day Inuk characters and their experiences in southern Canada.

Storytelling Through Film: Celebrating Indigenous Creation with Kelly Roulette
September 30, 2021 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Free Online Event

Join award-winning local Indigenous filmmaker Kelly Roulette to commemorate Orange Shirt Day with a screening of her short films My Mother My Rock and Sometimes She Smiles. Kelly will discuss her creative inspiration with Doreen Manuel, Director of Bosa Centre for Film and Animation at Capilano University, in a talk and question period to follow.


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
September 30, 2021 | 2:00-4:00 p.m. | Rain or Shine at Holland Park (near the fountain)

You are invited to an afternoon of stories, tea, bannock and drumming. We encourage you to wear your orange shirt and to bring your drums.

Truth and Reconciliation Talking Circle
September 30, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. | Online

UNBC Vice-Provost of Indigenous Initiatives, Dr. Henry Harder, and Manager of Office of Indigenous Initiatives, Brandon Prince, are your hosts for this 90-minute event of singing, dancing, storytelling and more. Please wear an orange shirt to honour the experiences of Indigenous People, celebrate resilience and affirm that every child matters.


Walk for Reconciliation
September 30, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. | Grand Chief Bernard Charles Memorial Plaza, White Rock

Join the Semiahmoo First Nation to honour the lost children and Survivors of residential schools., their families and communities. Complimentary event parking will be provided at the SFN parking lot at Semiahmoo Park for those wearing orange shirts. Please wear masks and follow COVID safety protocols.