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      From: "City of Vancouver Communications Office"
      Sent: Thursday, July 25, 2013 10:55 AM
      Subject: CoV News Release: Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and
      Reconciliation Canada announce TRC B.C. National Event and events of
      Reconciliation Week

      City of Vancouver
      News Release
      July 25, 2013

      TRC and Reconciliation Canada announce events of Reconciliation Week
      September 16-22 in Vancouver

      The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) and Reconciliation
      Canada announced today a week of reconciliation activities to take place in
      Vancouver from September 16 to 22. The announcement was made at a news
      conference hosted by Mayor Gregor Robertson at Vancouver City Hall.

      Reconciliation Week will feature:

      * The lighting of the Flame of Reconciliation, September 16: A
      sacred fire will be lit at Ambleside to symbolize the start of
      Reconciliation Week.

      * The All Nations Canoe Gathering, September 17: Watch as
      people-powered crafts and beautiful cedar dugout canoes paddle into False
      Creek from Kits Point to Science World, and are welcomed in a traditional
      ceremony to the Coast Salish lands.

      * The TRC's British Columbia National Event, September 18-21: Bear
      witness to the experiences of Survivors of the Indian Residential Schools,
      and the schools' continuing legacy. The TRC's sixth National Event takes
      place at the Pacific National Exhibition. No registration is required. All
      activities are free.

      * The Walk for Reconciliation, September 22: Bringing Canada's many
      cultures to walk a path together in a shared commitment to reconciliation.

      * A New Way Forward Celebration, September 22: Reconciliation Week
      culminates with a celebration marking a new beginning and a show of
      commitment to continuing on the journey of reconciliation. Featuring
      multicultural performers and various festivities.

      In announcing the BC National Event, TRC Chair Justice Murray Sinclair said
      reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians depends on a
      understanding of the history and legacy of Indian Residential Schools.

      "For about 120 years, Aboriginal children in British Columbia were sent to
      residential schools funded by the federal government and run by the churches
      in order to be stripped of their languages, cultural identity, spirituality
      and traditions," he said. "This policy has been devastating to Aboriginal
      families and communities, and to relations between Aboriginal and
      non-Aboriginal peoples. It's time for a new relationship rooted in mutual

      Reconciliation Canada Ambassador Chief Dr. Robert Joseph said: "This is an
      historic opportunity for Canada to respond to a call for action and commit
      to reconciliation. To renew relationships for a shared tomorrow, based on a
      shared understanding of our histories and our cultures and walk a path
      together for a shared tomorrow. Reconciliation Canada initiatives are
      weaving a stronger and more vibrant social fabric, based on the unique and
      diverse strengths of Canadians and their communities."

      Mayor Gregor Robertson said: "Reconciliation Week will be a historic
      opportunity to heal from the past and build a shared future based on
      empathy, understanding and respect. We are proud to be the first city in
      Canada to proclaim this the Year of Reconciliation and honoured to be
      hosting the BC National Event. As Mayor, I
      encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to take part in Reconciliation
      Week so that we can build a brighter future together."

      An important aspect of the BC National Event will be the opportunity for
      Survivors of the schools, their children, and others whose lives have been
      affected by the residential schools to talk about their experiences either
      publicly or in a private session. Public statements will be webcast live at
      www.trc.ca .

      The BC National Event will also feature traditional ceremonies, Survivor
      gatherings, an Education Day for students, cultural performances, films,
      gestures of reconciliation, and the induction of TRC Honourary Witnesses
      including Nick Noorani, a respected authority on diversity and improving
      immigrant outcomes. Mr. Noorani was introduced at today's news conference.
      More information on the role of TRC Honourary Witnesses is available on the
      TRC website.

      In preparation for this event, the TRC has held public hearings in
      communities throughout British Columbia - in Port Hardy, Campbell River,
      Port Alberni, Duncan
      (Cowichan), and Victoria in 2012; and Prince George, Williams Lake, Kamloops
      and Terrace earlier this year.

      The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is an independent commission
      established as a result of the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement
      Agreement. Its mandate is to inform all Canadians about what happened in the
      150-year history of the residential schools in Canada, and to guide and
      inspire a process of reconciliation and renewed relationships based on
      mutual understanding and respect.

      Founded in 2012, Reconciliation Canada is building new relationships between
      Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians, relationships built on a foundation of
      dignity, understanding and hope. Reconciliation Canada is engaging people
      from every part of Canadian society in an open and honest conversation about
      our diverse histories and experiences in order to build resilient,
      sustainable communities.


      Media Inquiries:

      Heather Frayne
      Lesli Boldt
      TRC Media Relations
      Reconciliation Canada
      Office: 204.984.8292
      Office: 604-662-3500
      Mobile: 204-297-4853
      Mobile: 778-772-5682
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