Surrey Campus

Friday, September 20—Surrey

Time Event Location
9:00–10:00 Welcome and Prayers
Opening Remarks by President Davis, KPU and Roy Christopher, Secwepemc Nation
Commemorating Reconciliation Unveiling
Surrey Conference Centre
10:00–12:00 Professional Reading of Drew Hayden Taylor's play, "God and the Indian" Surrey Conference Centre
12:00–1:00 Book launch for We are Born With Songs Inside Us
Katherine Palmer Gordon with Kim Baird published by Harbour Publishing
Surrey Conference Centre
1:00–2:00 Gregory Younging, Inheriting the History and Acknowledging the Present Reality of Colonization Aboriginal Gathering Place
2:00–4:00 Book launch for Speaking My Truth
Mike DeGagne, Nipissing President
Reflections on reconciliation in Canada
Free copies of book for all attendees
Aboriginal Gathering Place
4:15 Indian Taco Sale
$5 per person
Surrey (small) Courtyard
6:30–11:00 Pow Wow (additional details)
Craft vendors
Surrey Gym
Conference Centre A&B

Advocacy and Alliances – 10th Annual Anthropology Conference in support of Weaving Together: Healing, Education and Reconciliation

Time Event Location
1:00–2:00 Roy Christopher and Denise Archie - Canim Lake History (Tsq'escenemc/Shuswap Nation) Surrey Conference Centre
2:00–3:00 Panel discussion - BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (Tanya Clarmont, Ron Rice, Naomi Grahahm, Fernando Polanco)
3:00–4:00 Bill Haglund - Physicans for Human Rights (Former Forensic Specialist, UN, International Criminal Tribunal)

Richmond Campus

All of these events sponsored by: The Teaching and Learning for Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Project; Faculty of Arts; KPU Truth and Reconciliation Steering Committee

KPU Button Blanket Co-Creation Project (Jessie Horner and Annette Reynolds)

  • September 16–18, 10:00–2:30, Richmond Rotunda
  • September 19, 10:00–2:30, Surrey Main Atrium

KPU faculty and students are inviting Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to come together to sew a button blanket, share experiences, get to know one another, and talk about the harm being done now and in the past, and ways to stop and repair the harm. When the blanket is finished it will hang in the building at Kwantlen to remind people of the history and the need for reconciliation and healing. The goal of the project is to help build awareness and commitment to reconciliation

Documentary Screenings in the Melville Center for Dialogue

  • A Sorry State (Monday, Sept 16, 4:00 p.m. hosted by Ken Stark, Anthropology)
  • The Fallen Feather (Tuesday, Sept 17, 4-6 pm hosted by Seema Ahluwalia, Sociology)
  • Kuper Island: Return to the Healing Circle (Wednesday, Sept 18, 11:30 a.m. – hosted by Annette
  • Reynolds, Sociology)
  • World Views and Aboriginal Justice (Thursday, Sept 19, 11:30 a.m. hosted by Jessie Horner)
  • We Were Children (Thursday, Sept 19, 4-6 p.m. hosted by Seema Ahluwalia, Sociology)

“The Burden is Properly Ours”

Students Mobilizing Knowledge for Truth, Justice and Reconciliation
September 18-20, Melville Centre for Dialogue
Take self-guided tours of an exhibition of student research posters that explore the Residential School system for Indian Children, its traumatic legacy, and the subsequent reconciliation process.

Aboriginal Lands & Settlements Mapping Project (Parthi Krishnan and Bill Burgess)

September 18-20

Maps will be displayed throughout the week that use GPS technology to provide visual representations of Indigenous populations in Canada

Friday, September 20—Richmond

Time Public Education Symposium
Critical Reflections on Public Apologies, Reconciliation and the Truth About Canada
Join us for a morning of film, food, traditional songs and prayers, and important discussion from indigenous speakers, from local First Nations and across Turtle Island
9:00 Welcome to Territories from Cecilia Point, Musqueam First Nation Melville Centre for Dialogue
9:15 Opening Comments and Introductions by Seema Ahluwalia and Ken Stark
9:30 Film Screening: "A Sorry State" directed by Mitch Miyagawa
10:20 The People's Podium: Open discussion hosted by Mitch Miyagawa
10:45 The Button Blanket Co-creation Project (Jessie Jorner and Annette Reynolds)
11:00 Brunch
11:30 Indigenous Perspectives on Canada's Reconciliation Process
  • Cecil Pierre (Katzie First Nation)
  • Cecilia Point (Musqueam First Nation)
  • Joe Ginger (Nuu cha' Nulth First Nation)
  • Tamara Starblanket (Native Education College)
12:30 Songs for Healing (Oyate Anawizipi, Sicangu Lakota
12:45 Honor Song for Residential School Survivors (Blue Horse Singers)
1:00 Closing Prayer

Langley Campus

Friday, September 20th – Langley

Time Event Location
9:00 Welcome to the Territories
– Lekeyten Antone, Kwantlen First Nations Elder
Room 1030
9:10 Introductions and Overview
– June Kaminski
Room 1030
9:15 Sacred Songs of the Territories: How Music Heals and Sustains – Lekeyten Antone, Kwantlen First Nations Elder Room 1030
9:45 Residential School Song Performance
– Cheryl Bear
song won the Covenant Award for Aboriginal Song of the Year
Room 1030
10:00 Edible Plants and Medicines
– Karen Gabriel, Kwantlen First Nations
Room 1030
10:30 Cedar – The Tree of Life
– Karen Gabriel, Lekeyten Antone, Cheryl Gabriel
Room 1030
11:00 Bringing the Classroom Alive – Integrating Indigenous Knowledge
– Cheryl Gabriel, Kwantlen First Nations Education Coordinator
– Leyketen Antone,
– June Kaminski
Room 1030
11:45 Smudging Ceremony
– Lekeyten Antone
12:00 Closing Prayer and Message
– Lekeyten Antone
– Cheryl Gabriel

Cloverdale Campus

September 16-20th, Cloverdale

Video of KPU students in Aboriginal Welding Program