2023 ​National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Events and Exhibits in the Fraser Valley

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If we have missed an event or there is inaccurate information, please contact us at comms@archway.ca

Abbotsford Events

Stetís ímexstowx Gathering – Walk Beside Us

  • Where: Civic Plaza / Thunderbird Square (32388 Veterans Way)- The Reach Gallery, Matsqui Centennial Auditorium & Clearbrook Library
  • When: September 30th, 2023 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Hosts: City of Abbotsford, Abbotsford School District, UFV Peace and Reconciliation Centre, Tourism Abbotsford, Clearbrook Library, Abbotsford Police & Fire Rescue Service, Literacy Matters, The Reach Gallery and Abbotsford Children’s Theatre.

Various local civic organizations have united around Thunderbird Square with a common goal – to create a space for learning and understanding.  All ages are welcome to this free indoor/outdoor event, which will feature a story walk,  live presentations and performances.

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Identifying and Then Transcending Settler Colonialism: Strategies for Building Genuine Reconciliation

  • Where: The Reach Gallery
  • When: September 30th, 2023 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Hosts: Rotary Club of Abbotsford Sumas and UFV’s Community Health and Social Innovation Hub

Learn how the system of colonialism that was set up here in British Columbia and that continues to operate today. Learn how to help dismantle settler colonialism and help build genuine reconciliation.

Mission Event

Xyólhmet ye Syéwiqwélh (Taking Care of our Children) Memorial Ceremonies

  • Where: Fraser River Heritage Park  (7494 Mary St, Mission)
  • When: September 29th, 30th, & Oct 1 2023
  • Hosts: Xyólhmet ye Syéwiqwélh, a group of representatives from the Stó:lō Nation Chiefs Council, Stó:lō Tribal Council and Independent First Nations

Witness a weaving of funeral and memorial ceremonies for the missing children and the unmarked graves and burials of the children who attended the St. Mary’s Residential School in Mission, B.C.

Online Events

Truth and Reconciliation Week Public Lunch and Learns

  • When: September 25th – 29th, 2023 10:30am-11:20am (PT)
  • Host: National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

This year, the NCTR is offering a series of FREE virtual lunch and learn sessions throughout Truth and Reconciliation Week 2023 to facilitate learning for Canadians on topics related to Truth and Reconciliation.

Topics covered will include:

  • Indigenous peoples and the History of Residential Schools
  • Unconscious bias and debunking stereotypes
  • Intergenerational impacts and ongoing systemic discrimination
  • Indigenous peoples’ rights and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Taking action toward Reconciliation

Chilliwack Events

Chowiyes-Xwithet/Rise Up-Wake Up! Event

  • Where: UFV Valley Gathering Place (45190 Caen Ave)
  • When: September 28th, 2023 11:30am-2:30pm
  • Hosts: Éy St’élmexw St’elt’ílém – Good Medicine Songs and UFV

A Special Event honouring the shxweli (“life spirit”) of children lost to residential schools, survivors, and their families through songs, stories, and a ceremony.

2nd Annual Orange Shirt Day Powwow

  • Where: Chilliwack Secondary School (46363 Yale Rd, Chilliwack)
  • When: September 29th & 30th, 2023
  • Hosts: Chilliwack Métis Association & Chilliwack School District

Enjoy watching dancers, singers and drummers, and browse more then 50 vendors making and selling Indigenous goods. More details here.

Truth and Reconciliation Day

  • Where: Sardis Park, Chilliwack
  • When: September 30th, 2023 11:00-3:00pm
  • Host: Wilma’s Transition Society

Day filled with information booths, food trucks, kid’s area, prizes, and more.

Coastal Jam

  • Where: 9651 Skway Road, Chilliwack
  • When: September 30th, 2023 4:30pm
  • Hosts: Shxwhá:y Village, Skwah First Nation and Pil’alt Warriors

Attendees are encouraged to wear orange and bring a drum or rattle. There will be Iron Man and Hand Drumming Competitions.

Honouring Residential School Thrivers and Survivors

  • Where: Coqualeetza Memorial Post, 7201 Vedder Road, Chilliwack
  • When: September 30th, 2023 10:30am – 12:00pm with meal to follow
  • Hosts: Stó:lō leadership & the Sts’elemeqw Residential School Thrivers Society

Sts’elemeqw Residential School Thrivers board members will be speaking and a meal will be served after the ceremony.

Newcomers Bus Tour participants learned about local history from Sonny McHalsie, a Stó:lō historian in 2019. 

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