Honouring and Understanding Gatherings

September 30, 2022 is Canada’s second official National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

We remember and acknowledge the painful history of the residential school system in Canada. We honour and remember the tens of thousands of children taken from their families, their communities, and their culture. We honour those who never returned home, and we honour those that survived. We recognize the reality and the legacy of residential schools in our communities.

While this week serves as a time for us to reflect on the past, it also allows us look forward and share hope together for the future.

From September 26 – 29, the Royal BC Museum hosted a series of gatherings to remember and to reflect featuring moving and inspirational, dance performances, documentaries and movies kindly provided by the National Film Board.

Check out more events taking place in British Columbia here.

In honour of truth and reconciliation, you can now visit həuistəŋ iɁ talɁnəxʷ, Honouring and Understanding, a special small exhibit in the Pocket Gallery here at the Royal BC Museum. The exhibit features orange shirts designed by 8 Indigenous artists from throughout BC, each sharing individual stories about honouring residential school survivors. Artists featured are Jessica Joseph, Doug Lafortune, Bear Horne, Carey Newman, Lou-Anne Neel, Wayne Carlick and Kari Morgan.

View images below from our events held nightly from September 26 - 29: