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Truth and Reconcilation: Healing the Legacy of Indian Residential Schools
Detailed schedule

Wednesday, January 21, 2009
9:00 – 9:10 Welcome and Introductions, led by Roy Berkenbosch and Travis Enright
9:10 – 9:40 Smudging Ceremony led by Vincent Steinhauer, Professor of Sociology, Blue Quills First Nations College
9:40 – 10:15 Opening Keynote Address: Dr. Maggie Hodgson
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:00 Viewing of “Where are the Children?”
11:00 – 12:15 Break out Sessions
Sharing Experiences of Residential Schools and their Impact
Lunch Break – 12:15 – 1:15
Afternoon Session 1: What Made this Possible?
1:15 – 2:00 Unfolding the Blanket (interactive exercise) led by Ed Bianchi, Program Co-ordinator: Aboriginal Rights with KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
2:00 – 2:15 Brief Historical Synopsis offered by Professor Bob Beal, University of Athabasca
2:15 – 2:30 The Doctrine of Discovery and Other Bad Ideas, led by Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald
Afternoon Session 2: Legacies that Linger
2:30 – 3:00 Legacies that Linger, led by Mike DeGagne, CEO of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation
Closing Ceremony led by Harold Roscher, Director, Edmonton Native Healing Centre
Wednesday Evening
Remembering the Children
This special event bring together members of Aboriginal communities as well as ecumenical leaders from across Canada for a time of remembering, reconciling and celebration. The meeting convenes at 6:45 this evening at the Canadian Native Friendship Centre at 11205–101 street. All are welcome. Bring a friend.
Thursday, January 22, 2008
8:45– 9:00 Smudging Ceremony, led by Vincent Steinhauer
Reconciliation: Which Way Forward?
9:00 – 9:15 Cecile Fausak, Liaison Minister, Residential Schools Steering Committee, United Church of Canada
9:15 – 9:45 Chief Bobby Joseph, Special Aboriginal Advisor to the TRC
9:45 – 10:00 Understanding the Settlement Agreement
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 10:45 The Government Apology and Responses
Viewing of “The Apology” offered by the Government of Canada
Response by Ted Quewezance, Executive Director of the National Residential School Survivor Society
11:00 – 12:00 The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and The Churches
Cheol Soon Park, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Canada
Dr. Maggie Hodgson, Founder of National Day of Healing and Reconciliation
Archbishop Gerard Pettipas, President of RC Entities Board
Chief Bobby Joseph
12:00 – 1:15 Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 Break out Sessions
What Does Reconciliation Look Like to You?
2:15 – 3:00 Student Panel hosted by David Long, Professor of Sociology, King’s
3:00 Concluding Remarks by Chief Bobby Joseph
  Closing Ceremony
A multi-lingual singing of “O Canada” by Akeena Shirt
Reconciliation Dance led by Harold Roscher

For information on Remembering the Children: an Aboriginal and Church Leaders' Tour to Prepare for Truth and Reconciliation, email

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