Community events on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Sept. 30) are being hosted across the region to increase awareness of the history and legacy of residential and day schools and the ’60s Scoop.
Saturday’s lineup includes:
Truth and Reconciliation Day Ride In honour of residential school survivors, the Truth and Reconciliation Day Ride returns for its third edition on Sept. 30.
The event, led by Capital Bike, is geared to be a family-friendly, easy-paced ride.
Attendees can gather at 9:15 a.m. at Songhees Park by the Delta Hotel in Vic West with Diane Sam from the Songhees Nation speaking at 9:30 a.m. The nine-kilometre ride departs at 10:30 a.m. along the Songhees Walkway, through downtown, along Dallas Road, up Vancouver Street and finishes at the South Island Powwow at approximately 11:30 a.m.
A bike valet service will be available at the powwow.
The ride is free and riders are encouraged to wear orange. For more information, go to capitalbike.ca.
South Island Powwow
Everyone is welcome to attend the South Island Powwow in Victoria. The event honours and recognizes survivors of residential and day schools and the ’60s Scoop, their families and the children who never made it home.
The powwow also celebrates Indigenous cultures and resiliency and brings people together in celebration to build bridges amongst all nations.
The event, hosted by the Songhees Nation with support from Greater Victoria municipalities, takes place at Royal Athletic Park. Gates open at 10 a.m. with two grand entries at noon and 6 p.m. Colours will retire at midnight.
Reconcile: Candid truth from survivors With many stories left untold, the community is invited to St. Ann’s Academy, 835 Humboldt St., from 4:30 to 7 p.m. to witness the voices of survivors from residential schools and the ’60s Scoop in an event focused on hard truths and healing.
The agenda includes a screening of the acclaimed documentary We Were Children by Tim Wolochatiuk as well as Elders Patrick Stephenson and Aldeen Mason sharing their own experiences within the systems of removal.
This free event is hosted by the Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour. Doors open at 4 p.m. Seats are limited and attendees are asked to pre-register. To register, go sniwwoc.ca/events.
There’s Blood in the Rocks: Victoria smallpox epidemic of 1862-63 Also taking place in Victoria later in the day, the Christ Church Cathedral is inviting the public to hear the perspectives of Indigenous knowledge holders on an epidemic and its continuing impact.
Attendees will view There’s Blood in the Rocks, a short film about the Victoria smallpox epidemic of 1862-63 by Marianne Nicolson, a Kwakwaka’wakw artist and activist. Snxakila Clyde Michael Tallio, a ceremonial speaker of the Nuxalk First Nation, will be one of the speakers in attendance to discuss the epidemic and the resurgence of B.C.’s First Peoples.