The University of British Columbia Reconciliation Pole was designed by artist James Hart, a hereditary chief and member of the Haida Nation, and placed into a standing position during a ceremony on April 1.
Joseph Boyden, the Giller-winning author, has written the script for a new Heritage Minute video telling the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old who died after running away from the Cecilia Jeffrey Residential School in 1966.
First Nations people have been celebrating who we are and our culture since time immemorial. When the Federal government banned the potlatch and ceremonies from 1884-1951, our culture had to go underground but was still practiced when possible.
The report of the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) came out on June 2, 2015 with 94 Calls to Action. It is a comprehensive body of work containing 388 pages that documents the Truth of what really happened in Indian Residential Schools.