The City of Vancouver has named the week of Sept. 16 to 22 Reconciliation Week, in hounour of the aboriginal families that were impacted by the residential school system.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is a court-ordered commission created by the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement when former residential school students took the Canadian government and churches that ran the schools to court. It was the largest class-action settlement in Canadian history.
The TRC aims to give survivors a chance to share their experiences with the Canadian public.
UBC is suspending classes on Sept. 18, the day the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Vancouver events begin, so that students will be able to attend.
On the morning of Sept. 18th, there will be a lighting of the sacred fire and sunrise ceremony at the Sacred Fire Site on the PNE grounds. At 11 a.m., there will a youth panel at the Vancouver Pacific Coliseum who will share their stories of damage from the system, the post-traumatic stress encountered and the difficulties they faced when re-integrating into their communities.