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Event Postponed

Event to Commemorate National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

Southcentre has connected with CIF Reconciliation Society and the event on September 30th in commemoration of National Day of Truth and Reconciliation will be postponed. Updated details will be communicated once available.

CIFRS Truth & Reconciliation Indigenous Art Exhibit

In partnership with Colouring It Forward Reconciliation Society, we’re inviting Calgarians to experience a month-long art exhibit that will culminate in a commemorative event in honour of Orange Shirt Day and the first observance of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th.

 

The CIFRS Truth and Reconciliation Indigenous Art Exhibit will showcase a variety of works from 18 Indigenous artists in Southcentre’s Art Corner from September 1st to October 18th. Each art piece will feature recommendations on how people can take steps to help foster reconciliation in their own communities.

 

THINK about Indigenous-Settler relationships in new ways.

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation provides an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools, and to honour their survivors, their families and communities. Striving towards reconciliation takes action, therefore, the artists from the CIFRS Truth and Reconciliation Indigenous Art Exhibit have provided suggestions for how people can respectfully participate in the process of reconciliation within their own communities.

 

The CIFRS Truth and Reconciliation Indigenous Art Exhibit will showcase art works from Indigenous artists in Southcentre’s Art Corner. Artist bios will also be displayed as well as messaging about the significance of National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

 

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Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day was started by Phyllis Webstad in 2013 to “support Indian Residential School Reconciliation, to create awareness of the individual, family and community intergenerational impacts of Indian Residential Schools and to create awareness of the concept of “Every Child Matters” Truth and Reconciliation Day was declared this July as a federal statutory holiday to be honoured every year on Orange Shirt Day on September 30th.

This day is to honour the survivors of the residential school system who have fought and are still fighting to bring that terrible history to our attention. We walk to remember the thousands of children that died in residential schools. We walk to honour all Indigenous peoples as they reclaim and restore their identity, equality, and dignity. “We will walk to stand up for transformative social change that is so urgently needed in Canada,” as inspired by the closing words of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report.

Orange Shirt Day events also help Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to learn about current issues and to start collaborating on solutions by building awareness, dispelling stereotypes, building relationships and generating appreciation and support for our Indigenous peoples. We are better together, and it’s through events like this art exhibit, that we can build bridges and unite our Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities of Calgary.