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Remembering the Children
Aboriginal and Church Leaders’ Tour to stop in Winnipeg March 10

Toronto: This week the spiritual leaders of the Anglican, Presbyterian and United Churches, along with representatives of the Roman Catholic Church, and the Assembly of First Nations, will be participating in a multi-city tour to promote the work of the upcoming Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

The Remembering the Children tour was launched in Ottawa on Sunday, March 2 and will make stops over the next week in Vancouver, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg. The Protestant church leaders who are travelling to Winnipeg are:

At various times throughout the tour, local Roman Catholic representatives, along with regional Aboriginal leaders, and representatives of both Inuit and Métis groups, will participate in major public events that are being planned in each city by local organizing committees.

In Winnipeg, the Most Rev. James Weisgerber, Archbishop of Winnipeg and the Most Rev. Émilius Goulet, Archbishop of Saint-Boniface will participate as Roman Catholic representatives.

Other guests who are expected to attend this free public event include: Grand Chief Ron Evans of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs; the Honourable Elijah Harper; Ted Quewezance, Executive Director of the National Residential School Survivors' Society; and Seetal Sunga, senior representative of the Office of the Interim Executive Director of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The Gaudry Brothers, a group of talented young fiddlers, will welcome guests to The Forks. The tone for the evening will be set by a traditional pipe carriers ceremony. The Very Rev. Dr. Stan McKay will offer prayers in English and Cree. Speakers and artists will elaborate on the themes for the evening: remembering the children of residential schools, reflecting on past failures, and the need for truth-telling, healing and reconciliation. Savannah Boyko and Rhonda Head will sing, and dancers from the Summer Bear Dance Troupe will perform.

Winnipeg Public Event

Monday, March 10, 2008
7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The Forks, in Market (Food) Court
201-1 Forks Market Road
Winnipeg, Manitoba

For further information about the Aboriginal and Church Leaders’ tour, please visit:

To arrange media interviews with church and Aboriginal leaders who are taking part in the Remembering the Children tour, please contact:

Mary-Frances Denis
Communications Officer
The United Church of Canada
416-231-7680 ext. 2016 (office)
1-800-268-3781 ext. 2016 (toll-free)

Karyn Pugliese
Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations
613-241-6789 ext. 210


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

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