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National Aboriginal Day Awareness event held in 2014 at UFV. University of the Fraser Valley, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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

Please follow the links or contact the organizers for more details. Please be aware that some events may have been cancelled or modified after this list was created due to new COVID restrictions. 

If we have missed an event, please contact comms@archway.ca

Mission Event

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Event

  • Date & Time: Sept 30th at 11am
  • Location: Fraser River Heritage Park, Mission
  • Hosts: In partnership with Siwal Si’wes Indigenous Department, School District 75, the City of Mission and the Mission Friendship Centre,
  • Featuring: Phyllis Webstad, of the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation, will be a most honoured guest and speaker for this historic first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

Abbotsford Events

Abbotsford School District Truth & Reconciliation Virtual Assembly

  • Date: 29th – Video Recording Available
  • Location: Online
  • Hosts: Indigenous Education Department of the Abbotsford School District 
  • About: This is an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential school survivors. You will learn how Truth and Reconciliation is an agreement of shared hope to move forward

Lexéywa Art exhibit

  • Date: Sept 28th and 29th
  • Location: UFV – Abbotsford Campus
  • Hosts: UFV Indigenous Student Centre, in partnership with the Indigenous Affairs Office and the Student Union Society at UFV
  • About: This Art Activism initiative was created by the students of Robert Bateman Secondary. This will be an opportunity to witness their work which visually narrates the life story of Bea Silver, a prominent Elder, educator, leader and residential school survivor.

The River People and the Land: Living within S’ólh Téméxw” Exhibit Launch

  • Date & Time: Oct 1st from 4pm – 6pm
  • Location: Heritage Gallery, Abbotsford
  • Hosts: Heritage Abbotsford Society, Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre, and the Matsqui First Nation.
  • About: The Stó:lō people live along the Fraser River and have a rich history with the land. “The River People and the Land: Living within S’ólh Téméxw” exhibit showcases the relationship between people, the land, and what is essential for the survival of human beings. But what would you do without your land, your home?

Local Online Events

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Webinar

  • Date & Time: Sept 30th at 10:30am
  • Location: Online Webinar
  • Host: Chilliwack Division of Family Practice
  • About: In association with Reichart and Associates, you are invited to join Gracie Kelly, Indigenous Relations Manager at the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice, and guest speaker Francis Horne Sr (Khut Whee Mul Uhk), Indigenous Cultural Advisor at the Fraser Health Authority for a free webinar that will look at building Indigenous relations.

Peace talk: Renaming and Destatuing: Challenging History in the Age of Reconciliation Building

  • Date & Time: Sept 30th at 11:00am
  • Location: Online Webinar
  • Host: UFV’s Peace and Reconciliation Centre
  • Featuring: Moderated by Professor Keith Carlson, director of PARC, the panel will feature Indigenous and settler scholars from across Canada and the U.S., including Professor Jon Lutz of UVic, George Ironstack of the Myaamia Center at Miami University, and Professor Omeasoo Wahpasiw of UPEI, and Professor Brian Hosmer of Oklahoma State University.

Chilliwack Events

Coqualeetza Grounds Tour

  • Date & Time: Sept 29th at 3pm
  • Location: Stó:lō Resource Centre
  • Host: Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce
  • About: Explore the Stó:lō Resource Centre and learn about the authentic Coast Salish basket and archaeological collections including Man Turned to Stone: T’xwelátse. Sonny McHalsie will guide you around the grounds while narrating stories about the grounds and surrounding area.

Orange Shirt Day Awareness Event

  • Date & Time: Sept 30th at 10:00am
  • Location: Chilliwack Central Park
  • Hosts: Pacific Community Resources Society
  • About: Featuring key speakers, drumming and Bannock as they commemorate the residential school experience, honour survivors and recognize the ongoing commitment to reconciliation.

Skwah First Nation Truth and Reconciliation Walk

    • Date & Time: Sept 30th at 11:30am
    • Location: Skwah First Nation, Chilliwack
    • Hosts: Raylene Mumford and Elia Juilian
    • About: The walk is starting at approximately 5:00 pm from Sto:lo Nation longhouse (7201 Vedder Rd), heading down Knight Rd to the Skowkale Fish Hatchery then returning to the Sto:lo Nation longhouse.

Truth Marking Walk

  • Date & Time: Sept 30th at 4:00pm
  • Location: Sto:lo Nation longhouse, Chilliwack
  • Hosts: Rick Joe, a First Nations Teacher in the Chilliwack School District, and his wife Peggy
  • About: The walk is starting at approximately 5:00 pm from Sto:lo Nation longhouse (7201 Vedder Rd), heading down Knight Rd to the Skowkale Fish Hatchery then returning to the Sto:lo Nation longhouse.

National Truth and Reconciliation Day Candlelight Vigil

  • Date & Time: Sept 30th at 7pm
  • Location: Yarrow Pioneer Park
  • Hosts: Pacific Community Resources Society
  • About: Lek’hoosh Arnie Leon will share his family’s history with residential schools and to give our respects to those who didn’t make it home.

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

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