Honour the Apology

Thursday, July 25, 2013

12pm–1pm

Victoria Island, Ottawa

#HonourTheApology

Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/210319362457700/

This National Day of Prayer is to honour the children lost to and the adult survivors of residential schools.

The Federal Government is currently withholding documents pertaining to the residential schools in Canada. We are calling on the Government of Canada to IMMEDIATELY release the documents as ordered by the Court.

In 2008 Canada apologized to residential school students – they need to honour it.

We are asking everyone to personally ask the Government of Canada to release these documents so that these children are honoured and their stories are heard.

Itinerary for Ottawa:
12:00 – Assemble on Victoria Island. Welcoming address by Claudette Commanda.
12:05 – Prayer by Elder Thomas Louttit.
12:10 – Words from youth Lysandra Chaplin, mother and intergenerational survivor Geraldine King, survivor of Fort Albany Residential School Linda Kooses.
12:20 – Walk to 10 Wellington Street, Gatineau, Aboriginal Affairs head office
12:45 – Arrive at AANDC
1:00 – Deliver messages

We are asking everyone to create a personal request and deliver it to the Head Office of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada in Gatineau. The signs and personal requests will be placed in front of the AANDC building.

Here are some examples of what to include in your request:
– Pictures of a loved one
– Location of an family member’s grave
– Records that have been locked after a certain year
– Prayers for all of the children that never went home
– Justice for the children that remain in care today.

We will be creating a visual representation of the personal impact from the federal government’s refusal to release the documents to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and demand open access to the true history of the residential schools.

Spread the message and get involved.

Posters to Download and Print

These posters are sized to print on 8.5″ x 11″ letter-size paper.

Right-click (Mac users control-click) to download this printable PDF poster file: Niigaan-J25poster

Or, right-click / control-click this JPEG:

Niigaan-J25poster

One thought on “Honour the Apology

  1. We need volunteers! This is a grassroots-driven effort to honour the brave children that went to residential schools, the survivors and their families, the children that are in state care today, and to work towards a brighter future for the next seven generations. We don’t have a lot of time to coordinate, but with many hands we can ensure the rally goes smoothly.

    We are looking for volunteers in coordinating
    – meeting and assembling at AANDC (Aboriginal Affairs)
    – speakers
    – outdoor sound on Parliament Hill
    – Elders
    – youth
    – drummers and dancers – especially jingle dresses for healing and prayer
    – the collection of posters, photographs, letters, and postcards to be smudged before delivering to AANDC
    – designing a poster (black and white), printing, and distribution
    – making signs and posters

    Please email niigaan@gmail.com with how you can help or any suggestions. Chi-miigwech!

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