November 3rd will include honouring the long history of events that took place in order for the NCTR to become a reality. Discussions will also explore what the future of reconciliation will look like and celebrate the ongoing process of reconciliation.

November 4th will focus on education and will feature the unveiling of the Centre’s new online database.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 – University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus:

Dignitaries include:

  • The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair, Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Dr. Marie Wilson, Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Phil Fontaine, President of Ishkonigan and former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations will be recognized for his courage in coming forward as a Survivor of Indian Residential Schools and for his vision in calling for a national inquiry.
  • Residential School Survivors
  • Honorary Witnesses of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Senior leaders of Parties to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.
  • Dr. David T. Barnard, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Manitoba
  • Dr. Cindy Blackstock
  • Wab Kinew
  • Nathan Obed, President, Inuit Tapirit Kanatami
  • Regional Chief Kevin Hart, Assembly of First Nations

When and Where:

  • 12:30 p.m.: Lighting of sacred fire, National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, Chancellor’s Hall, 177 Dysart Road, University of Manitoba
  • 1 – 1:15 p.m.: Procession to University Centre
  • 1:30 p.m.: Welcome remarks and Official Opening Ceremonies, Manitoba Room (Rm 224) of University Centre
  • 2 -4:30 p.m. Reconciliation Dialogue – “The Path Forward”, Manitoba Room (Rm 224) of University Centre

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 – RBC Winnipeg Convention Centres:

What: Official launch of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Archive
When: 1:50 p.m. Website live at 2:00 pm

Where: Hall A, Winnipeg Convention Centre

Over 1,700 students and 350 teachers from across Manitoba are gathering at the Convention Centre to take part in workshops as part of this day.

Education Day Highlights

  • 1,700 students and 350 teachers from across Manitoba.
  • Students from 35 of the 37 school divisions as well as from 7 Independent Schools and 8 First Nations Schools
  • Workshops include Truth and Reconciliation Through Music with singers Nathan Cunningham, Leanne Goose and Rona Yellow Robe, Forum Theatre, Project of Heart, the Blanket Exercise, Inuit Reflections, the Metis Experience as well as a 4 generation intergenerational panel with Sadie North and her family. 
  • Youth Dialogue Panel with First Nations, Métis, Inuit, non-Indigneous and newcomer youth addressing what reconciliation means to them.
  • Facebook will be launching their "Think Before You Share" platform in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut.
  • Launch of the Imagine a Canada national essay and art competition. This competition will culminate in 10 youth attending a special ceremony at Rideau Hall March 1, 2016 hosted by the Governor General of Canada. 

Event Partners - Education Day is presented in partnership with:

  • Manitoba Teachers' Society.
  • Manitoba Association of School Superintendents
  • Province of  Manitoba, Ministry of Education
  • Canadian Museum for Human Rights
  • APTN
  • City of Winnipeg

With special contributions by:

  • Winnipeg School Division
  • ITK
  • Manitoba Métis Federation/ Louis Riel Institute
  • First Nations Child and Family Caring Society
  • BC Teachers' Federation
  • Legacy of Hope Foundation

Guests include many Superintendents from throughout Manitoba as well as Education Minister James Allum, President David Barnard, TRC Commissioners Marie Wilson and Justice Murray Sinclair and TRC Honorary Witness Clara Hughes.