Truth and Reconciliation Week

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Join us for Truth and Reconciliation Week Oct. 15-18, 2019.

Event details:

Location: Capilano University - Main Campus

Truth and Reconciliation Week;


Tuesday, Oct. 15

Elder Welcoming and Blessing
9 a.m.
Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre (LB196)
Capilano University Elders-In-Residence will share a welcome and blessing to start the week off. 


Campus-wide Moment of Reflection
11-11:01 a.m. 
Remembering the survivors of residential schools and reaffirming our commitment to reconciliation. 

George Littlechild – Keynote address – "First Nations History: Truth and Reconciliation Gearing Towards Hope" 
1:30-3:00 p.m. 
BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts
Respected Plains Cree artist George Littlechild offers a wealth of knowledge and insight stemming from his personal story and mixed-media paintings.

George's story illuminates his personal and family history as well as a reclamation and reconnection with his ancestral culture. 

Privilege/Awareness Walk – Indigenous Perspective
3:30-5 p.m.
Library Building, room LB322
A Privilege Walk to raise awareness of the various privileges we have, but with a special focus on the Indigenous-Settler relationship.

Guided by David Geary, Clay Little and Ashley Bentley. Participants and observers are most welcome.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

The 8th Fire: Aboriginal Peoples, Canada and the Way Forward
9-11:30 a.m.
Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre (LB196)
Join us for a screening of the CBC documentary hosted by Wab Kinew. 

Kairos Blanket Exercise – with Clay Little and David Kirk
1-3 p.m. 
Library Building, room LB322
This interactive learning experience shares the historic and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

The event is open to everyone with a maximum of 35 participants. 

Capilano Students' Union Truth and Reconciliation "Watch it Wednesday" 
Noon-4:30 p.m. 
CSU Lounge, Library Building room LB195

  • noon – 2:10 p.m.: The Secret Path film – we welcome conversation and dialogue after the film. 
  • 2:20 – 3:30 p.m.: cə̓snaʔəm, The City Before the City
  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking student films 

The Watch-it Wednesday will take place starting at noon on the Wednesday of Truth and Reconciliation Week. Popcorn will be provided and all are welcome. 

Indigenous Writers Feast
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre (LB196)
Readings by a variety of writers, storytellers and Elders. 

Thursday, Oct. 17

Resisting Injustice, Genocide and Linguicide – with Elder Wendy Charbonneau and Elizabeth Carmack
9:30-11 a.m. 
Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre (LB196)
Through critical applied linguistics we hope to decolonize and free the mind. Challenging the destructive influence of colonization and globalization, we seek to affirm the identity of the local culture of the Squamish Nation.

Slahal/Bonegame—Forging Relationships through Game and Song – with Clay Little and Carman McKay 
noon-1 p.m. 
Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre (LB196)
Slahal (or lahal) is a game of chance of the Indigenous Peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Oral histories indicate that slahal is an ancient game, dating from before the last ice age. All are welcome. 

Decolonizing Research Workshop – with Kim Minkus
2:30-4 p.m. 
Library Building, room LB119
Join Indigenous learners librarian Kim Minkus in an exploration of decolonizing research practices. How can faculty and students approach research projects that engage with Indigenous Peoples in a respectful manner?

What are the resources available to the Capilano University community? This will be a conversation, so come and share your ideas, concerns and suggestions.

Friday, Oct. 18

Truth and Reconciliation Talking Circle – with Clay Little, David Kirk, First Nations Student Services, Elders, Students
9-10:30 a.m. 
Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre (LB196)
Reflection and sharing on Capilano University’s Truth and Reconciliation event and the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. Maximum of 30 participants. 

Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking presents: Indigenous Student Film Screenings 
1:30-4 p.m. 
Bosa Theatre, Bosa Centre for Film and Animation
Film and guest details TBA – all are welcome. 


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