The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation honours the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities and provides opportunities to create meaningful dialogue and reflection around reconciliation.
Conestoga's Student Engagement, Indigenous Services (Be-Dah-Bin Gamik), Employee Experience & Development, and Conestoga Students Inc. will collaborate to host an event in recognition. Open to the college community, the event will feature a sacred fire, and film screenings followed by moderated discussions.
A sacred fire will be observed in the Indigenous Studies Teaching Garden at the Kitchener - Doon campus.
A firekeeper will facilitate and welcome participation from the community at anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Film screenings and moderated discussions
Two films will be shown at The Venue, each followed by a moderated discussion with Elders in Residence, Indigenous Services and Indigenous students.
Film: We Were Children
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (discussion begins at 11:30 a.m.)
Conestoga students and employees unable to attend the screening but would like to participate in the moderated discussion can view the film ahead of time online through Library Services’ subscription to The National Film Board (login required).
Film: Indian Horse
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (discussion begins at 2:45 p.m.)
Conestoga students and employees unable to attend the screening but would like to participate in the moderated discussion can view the film ahead of time online through Library Services’ subscription to Criterion on Demand (login required).
Space is limited for the film screenings - please register in advance.
Cedar Spoon will provide Indigenous catering from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on The Venue patio, weather permitting.
Conestoga College, Kitchener - Doon campus, 299 Doon Valley Drive
Sacred fire: Indigenous Studies Teaching Garden (located in an outdoor space by the southeast corner of the A-wing of Doon Main Building)
Film screenings: The Venue, Doon Main Building, Level 2, 2A109
A parking code will be provided to community members upon registration.
Space is limited for the film screenings and moderated discussions - please register in advance:
Registration is not required for the sacred fire.
For more information:
For more information, contact Lindsay Golds.