National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
September 30, 2021 10:00AM-5:00PM
Wanuskewin is honoring the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Wanuskewin, a nēhiyawēwin (Cree) word meaning “living in harmony” or “peaceful gathering place”. This name was chosen by our original Elders to reflect the spirit of the land and its history. The Opimihaw Valley has been a gathering place for the Northern Plains Indigenous peoples since time immemorial.
This September 30th, we welcome you to be present and learn about our history, the lasting Residential School Legacy, and how we move forward in harmony. All events held at Wanuskewin will have an admission fee. The admission fee goes towards our non-profit organization and supports our public cultural programming and cultural awareness presentations surrounding topics such as Residential Schools.
Location: Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Events throughout the day include:
- 10:00 am – Opening Remarks and Words of Reflection (Plaza Entrance)
- 11:00 am – History of this land – Archaeology Walk with Chief Archaeologist and Founding Board Member Dr. E. Walker (Trails)
- 11:00 am – Truth and Reconciliation Discussion with TJ Warren (Amphitheatre)
- 11:30 am – Tipi Raising with Elder Mary Lee and Honey Constant (Circle Area)
- *12:15 pm – Keynote Presentation – Truth of Intergenerational Trauma and Surviving the Systems with Owen Pelletier (Amphitheatre)
- 1:15 pm – Performance by Raven Reid: Singer/Songwriter, Poet, and Indigenous Advocate (Ampitheatre)
- 12:30 pm – wāhkо̄htowin: Bison Kinship Walk – Reconciling land and spirit with Dr. E. Walker (Trails)
- *2:00 pm – Honour Gathering for Survivors, families, and those who never made it home. Prayer led by Elder Mary Lee, Honour Song by Marc Longjohn, followed by a moment of silence (Amphitheatre)
- 3:00 pm – Native Plant Walk with Kalyne Johnson (Trails)
- *3:00 pm – “In Memorial” Performance by Curtis Peeteetuce (Amphitheatre)
- 3:00 pm – History of Wanuskewin and the Road to UNESCO with Dr. E. Walker (Story Circle)
- 3:00 pm – Language Reclamation in the face of Intergenerational Trauma with Cree Autumn Sunrise Longjohn (ᐋᐧᐦᔭᐤ ᑳ ᐃᑖᐱᐟ ) (Tipi Village)
- 3:30 pm – Men’s Prairie Chicken Dance Presentation with TJ Warren (Amphitheatre)
*Parental discretion is advised. Discussions related to trauma, systems, and personal experiences.
- Toy Drive: Bring new or lightly used teddies, stuffed animals, or plushy for donation to local community homes, groups, and organizations
- The importance of a good meal – Lunch provided by Chef Jenni Lessard (Tipi Village)
- Drop in Theatre (Artist in Residence)
- Plant Knowledge with Ethnobotanist Sandra Walker (Trails)
- Beading Demonstration with Gallery Curator Olivia Kristoff (Main Hall)
Enjoy our new exhibits, art galleries, art demonstration, award winning playground, and walk any of the 7 KM of trails.
If you have any questions, email Honey Constant, Community Coordinator