TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION WEEK

Sept. 26 – 29

On June 3, 2021, the federal government passed legislation to designate Sept. 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day is meant to provide an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools, and to honour survivors, their families and affected communities. 

Lethbridge College Indigenous Services will be hosting events from Sept. 26 to 29, providing our campus and community members a safe place to learn the truth about residential schools, to recognize what happened to those who were forced to attend them, and to identify how the generational trauma inflicted by the schools continue to shape our society today.

The college will be closed, with no work or classes on Sept. 30, giving our campus community the opportunity to spend the day in a way they deem appropriate. Community members are urged to take this time to reflect, learn and be available to attend community events in the spirit of truth and reconciliation.


On-going events

LC Gallery: Indigenous Artist Showcase
Location: Niitsitapi’ksimpstaan

Bronze statues – Artist: Mike Day Chief and Art Calling Last

 

Bi-Giwen: Coming Home – Truth Telling from the Sixties Scoop Exhibit
Location: Centre Core
Date: September 27 - 29
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.   

This Exhibit features testimonies of 12 Indigenous Survivors of the Sixties Scoop. It explores their lived experiences and the impacts that child removal policies had, and continue to have, on them. 

The “Sixties Scoop” is a term coined by Patrick Johnston, author of the 1983 report Native Children and the Child Welfare System. It refers to the mass removal of Indigenous children from their families into the child welfare system and was created by changes to the Indian Act in 1951. It is both a cause and result of the racism that is embedded in legislation, policies, and programs in Canada that continues to impact Indigenous People. The Sixties Scoop was a continuation of the genocidal impacts on Indigenous People that resulted from the implementation of the Residential School System.

 

Selling Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters Shirt
Location: LC Bookstore

100% of proceeds will be donated to the Sage Clan


 

Schedule of Events

Tuesday Sept. 27

7:30 AM
Tipi Set Up
Location – Front Lawn by Front Loop
Facilitated By – Lowell Yellowhorn, Manager of Indigenous Services

9:00 AM
Launch Opening Address and Welcome
Location: The Center Core
Lowell Yellowhorn, Manager of Indigenous Services

9:05 AM
Opening Prayer
Location: The Center Core
Betty Ann Little Wolf, Lethbridge College Grand Parent

9:10 AM
Welcoming on Behalf of Center for Student Affairs
Location: The Center Core
Nancy Russell, Dean of Student Affairs

9:15 AM
Welcoming on Behalf of Lethbridge College
Location: The Center Core
Executive Leadership Team

9:20 AM
Introduction of the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta
Location: The Center Core
Lowell Yellowhorn, Manager of Indigenous Services

9:25 AM
Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta Welcome
Location: The Center Core
Sandra Relling, President of SSISA

10:00 AM
Exhibit Officially Open

1:00 PM
60’s Scoop Story
Location: EC Fredericks Theater
Marni Hope, Indigenous Student Support and Events Coordinator for Lethbridge College

1:45 PM
Truth and Reconciliation Sharing 60’s Scoop Story
Location: EC Fredericks Theater
Eldon Weasel Child, Siksika Nation

3:00 PM
Video Presentation “What does Truth and Reconciliation Mean to you?”
Location: EC Fredericks Theater
Marni Hope, Indigenous Student Support and Events Coordinator for Lethbridge College

3:10 PM
Day Concludes

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
SSISA will have an Information Booth Set Up to Share Information Associated with Display

Wednesday Sept. 28

9:45 a.m.
Elder Opening Prayer
Betty Ann Little Wolf

10:00 a.m.
Exhibit Opens for public viewing

1:00 p.m.
Jerry Greer
Scarves presentation
(Centre Core)

 

Thursday Sept. 29

9:45 a.m.
Elder Opening Prayer
Betty Ann Little Wolf

10:00 a.m.
Exhibit Opens for public viewing

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
ORANGE T-SHIRT ACTIVITY
(Centre Core)

Friday Sept. 30 – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

– College Closed –

Bios

Eldon Weasel Child

Natowohkomiina (Blackfoot name) Holy Thunder Chief

  • Siksika born and raised where Blackfoot was the first language.
  • Began singing powwow music at the age of 6 and became lead singer of his own drum group at the age of 8.
  • He is actively involved in Blackfoot cultural way of life.
  • Served on several boards, committees and tribunals for 33 years.
  • Served for 22 years as an elected member of Siksika Council
  • Received Alberta Aboriginal Role Model Award for leadership in 2003.
  • Recognized knowledge keeper and co-instructor for the Siksika Knowledge Courses at Old Sun College
  • Alberta Chief representative in the development of Bill C-92. An Act recognizing the rights of Aboriginal Children and Families.

Many interests, award nominations and awards in music and sports as a performer and participant.